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Guatemala What is Democracy According to Freedom House a research organization which gives country ratings on how democratic they are gives Guatemala a 40 on a scale from 1 to 7 Because of this Guatemala is considered partially democratic Gregory Mahler states that there are five characteristics of democracy These characteristics tell how democratic a country is by means of elections representation participation pluralism and individual social and human rights Of these characteristics elections representation and participation consider Guatemala to be democratic On the other hand Guatemala is democratically lacking in pluralism and human rights Because of this Guatemala leans more towards a conservative authoritarian regime Guatemalas elections are considered democratic and fair According to Gregory Mahler an election is a selection of government elite by mass suffrage with free choice turnover and elections at regular intervals Mahler Elections in Guatemala occur every four years and the presidential and congressional elections occur at the same time World Encyclopedia of Parliament and Legislation 294 The elections are decided by a council called the supreme electoral tribunal World Encyclopedia of Parliament and Legislation 294 The right to vote is shared by Guatemalans because of the universal suffrage law that is in effect This law states that anyone who is over the age of eighteen a citizen of Guatemala not an active member of the military not a government contractor not a relative of the president or vice president or a person convicted of a crime is able to vote in the elections in Guatemala World Encyclopedia of Parliament and Legislation 294 The constitution in Guatemala banned coup leaders from the countries top spot Koehl The elections in Guatemala are very close to that of any other democratic country Representation in Guatemala is like a replica of the presidential system According to Gregory Mahler proper representation in a democracy is a basis of legitimacysupport is that the people are represented by governing elite through elections Mahler Proportional representation
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