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There is a wide range of democratisation across the Middle East, a survey by a leading research and advisory firm has found.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked 20 countries on 15 indicators of political and civil liberty.
The Index of Political Freedom lists Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories as the most democratic parts of the region.
Libya received the lowest rating, below Syria and Saudi Arabia.
18)Saudi Arabia: 2.80
*Election of head of government
*Election of parliament
*Fairness of electoral laws
*Right to organise political parties
*Power of elected representatives
*Presence of an opposition
*Level of corruption
*Freedom of assembly
*Independence of the judiciary
*Rule of law