Freedom House calls Serbia and Montenegro 'hybrid regimes'

'Not democracies for the first time since 2003'

07 May, 18:38

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, MAY 7 - Serbia and Montenegro can no longer be considered democratic states for the first time since 2003, according to the report "Nations in Transit" by non-governmental organization Freedom House (FH).

    The document explored and described the governance in 29 countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

    Serbia and Montenegro are categorized as "governments in transition or hybrid regimes" in which power is based on authoritarianism as a result of incomplete democratic change. "For years, with increased state capture, abuse of power, and tactic of ruling by fear, Aleksandar Vučić in Serbia and Milo Đukanovic in Montenegro have taken their states below the line - for the first time since 2003, they are no longer in the category of democracies among countries in transit," Freedom House states.

    The NGO noted that Kosovo and North Macedonia had instead made significant progress.(ANSAmed).

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