Country Overview

Last updated: 2020-06-02


Executive Branch (Head of Government)

Prime Minister (elected by national assembly)


unicameral National Assembly (directly elected)

Freedom House Democracy index*


*Source: Freedom House Freedom in the World Index 2019

executive response

Executive Response

Impact on civil liberties

  • Detention without charge laws relaxed/amended
  • Movement/association restricted
  • Curfew imposed
  • Free speech / criticism of government restricted

Do these powers have an expiry date?

  • Yes
parliamentary response

Parliamentary Response

Practical impact on Parliament

  • Dissolved

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

  • Free/subsidised health care
  • Food subsidies/distribution
  • Increased social security/welfare/unemployment insurance or payments
  • Financial support for businesses
  • Subsidised job furlough programmes
  • Delayed/reduced tax payment
  • Delayed/reduced utility fees
political impact

Political Impact

Civil society response

  • Challenging government’s response
  • Lobbying for policies/changes
  • Online solidarity/community building
  • Fact checking

Impact on elections scheduled between March and October 2020

  • Delayed with rescheduled date/time frame