How to recognise a damn good democracy
by Azra Naseem
Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, the caretaker President of the Maldives says the system of governance he presides over in the Maldives is ‘a damn good democracy.’
Maldives has greater civil and political freedoms than most other countries. We are not perfect but we live in a damn good democracy.— Mohamed Waheed (@DrWaheedH) July 21, 2012
How well do you know your democracies? Can you tell the difference between a ‘normal democracy’ and a ‘damn good’ one?
Here’s a look at some of the defining characteristics of the separate powers and institutions of ‘a damn good democracy’ to help you on your way to becoming a damned well-informed citizen.