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Georgia left the category of free countries2009-01-15 10:13
Georgia left the category of countries with electoral democracy, Freedom House states.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Georgia was the site of the first in the recent spate of color revolutions and represented one of the few bright spots in the former Soviet Union; its erratic course, including a state of emergency in 2007 and war with Russia in August, ranks among the more disturbing developments of the past two years," the annual report proclaims.
Along with Georgia, Central African Republic, Mauritania and Venezuela left the category of "free" countries. They were replaced with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bangladesh.
The fall in the rating is caused by drawbacks in presidential and parliamentary elections, Novosti-Gruzia reports.
According to the document, detailed reports witness intimidation of opponents and use of administrative resources, which created non-equal conditions for the United National Movement, the governing party, and its rivals.
In the view of Freedom House, Georgia refers to the group of "partly free" states, in which civil and political rights are not fully protected. The group of "partly free" counts 62 states.
42 countries are referred to the group of "not free"- one less then last year.
89 countries are considered "free", these are mainly states of Western Europe and North America.
As for the former USSR, only Baltic States were referred to ‘free".