Nations in Transit 2019


Consolidated Authoritarian Regime
DEMOCRACY-PERCENTAGE Democracy Percentage 16.67 100
DEMOCRACY-SCORE Democracy Score 2.00 7
Last Year's Democracy Percentage & Status
15 100 Consolidated Authoritarian Regime
The ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 1 the lowest. The Democracy Score is an average of ratings for the categories tracked in a given year. The Democracy Percentage, introduced in 2020, is a translation of the Democracy Score to the 0-100 scale, where 0 equals least democratic and 100 equals most democratic. See the methodology.

header1 Score changes in 2019

  • Civil Society score improved from 3.00 to 3.25. Kyrgyzstan’s president, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, proved much more accommodating of civil society organizations in 2018 than his immediate predecessor, Almazbek Atambayev, had been in years prior. In July, Jeenbekov even met with a select group of activists to discuss anti-corruption measures among other things, providing them with an implicit seal of approval from the highest level.
  • Independent Media score improved from 1.75 to 2.00. The country’s press freedom situation stabilized in 2018 after president Jeenbekov and former president Atambayev both withdrew punitive defamation cases against independent media outlets. An October Supreme Court ruling limited the law under which both leaders filed their claims. Finally, Vecherniy Bishkek, a popular newspaper was returned to its former owner, a critic of Atambayev, after it was seized in 2014.

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  • Global Freedom Score

    27 100 not free
  • Internet Freedom Score

    53 100 partly free