Quote:The majority of countries in Asia lack free and fair elections
Quote:Aside from China, nearly all the states in Asia make use of the trappings of democracy, such as elections, parliaments, and the separation of powers. In the region’s democracies, these institutions are functional to varying degrees. And although in many countries the institutions are without authority, their very existence provides something to build on and also evidences the degree to which even authoritarian regimes feel the need to legitimize their rule by giving the illusion of popular representation. Even so, according to the Bertelsmann report, more than half of the countries in Asia have yet to introduce free and fair elections.
Illusion of population representation.