Country Overview

Last updated: 2020-06-02


Executive Branch (Head of Government)

Prime Minster (nominated by parliament, appointed by president)


Unicameral Assembly (directly elected)

Freedom House Democracy index*


*Source: Freedom House Freedom in the World Index 2019

executive response

Executive Response

Impact on civil liberties

  • Privacy – digital tracking and surveillance
  • Movement/association restricted
  • Curfew imposed

Do these powers have an expiry date?

  • Yes
parliamentary response

Parliamentary Response

Practical impact on Parliament

  • Meeting with social distancing measures

Parliament oversight actions

  • No action
socio economic impact

Socio-Economic Impact

Do the policy responses specifically address the needs of women?

  • No

Social-economic protections

  • Food subsidies/distribution
  • Financial support for businesses
  • Delayed/reduced utility fees
  • Delayed/reduced loan repayments
political impact

Political Impact

Civil society response

  • Challenging government’s response
  • Providing support services - food, housing, domestic violence refuges, mental health support

Impact on elections scheduled between March and October 2020

  • Elections held/planned as normal