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  • Democracy is a form of government. Its name comes from Greek for "rule by the people.
  • Democracy has been called the "last form of government" and has spread considerably across the globe.
  • Democracy is a form of government in which the rulers are elected by the people.
  • Myanmar, Chile, Nepal and Saudi Arabia have non-democratic government.
  • General Pervez Musharraf led a military coup in October 1999. He overthrew a democratically elected government and declared himself the ‘Chief Executive’ of the country.
  • China is not truly a Democratic Government. Though elections are held in China, the elections do not offer the people any serious choice.
  • Elections in Mexico went against the policy that a democracy must be based on a free and fair election where those currently in power have a fair chance of losing.
  • The struggle for democracy is linked to the demand for universal adult franchise.
  • Universal adult franchise consists of the extension of the right to vote to all adults, without distinction as to race, sex, belief, intelligence, or economic or social status.
  • The basis of a Democratic Government is that it should rule within limits set by constitutional law and citizens’ rights.
  • Many leaders have criticised Democracy and the Democratic process. The strongest criticism is that of allowing potentially millions of people to have equal voting powers on issues which they are ill-informed.
  • But there are many features which can be put forward in favour of Democracy.

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