RCPL Based on rankings obtained from World Audit, Lebanon's ranking as a democratic country has deteriorating significantly in the past year.
Lebanon dropped from 89 to 119 in a range of 1 to 149. By comparison, Canada rates 9 which is considered a very high result. While
Lebanon's 2001 ranking was similar to more progressive systems in the Middle East, including Kuwait at 74, Morocco at 85 and Jordan at 81,
it has now joined the ranks of more authoritarian regimes, including Egypt at 115, United Arab Emirates at 119 and Syria at 130.
In the past year, political rights and civil liberties remained low at 6 and 5, respectively, out of a range of 1 to 7. However, the press freedom
index deteriorated heavily, dropping from 61 to 119, in a range of 0 to 100. Lebanon, once considered the freest press in the Middle East,
is now below Kuwait at 74, Morocco at 88 and Jordan at 91. Lebanon's press freedom index now ressembles United Arab Emirates, Egypt (124) and Syria (128).
As for economic freedom, Lebanon prouds itself for being a free capitalistic system. It ranks 88 in a range of 1 to 155.
It is ahead of regional countries such as Syria (145) and Egypt (121), however it is significantly below Uited Arab Emirates at 23, Kuwait at 53 and Jordan at 45.
Overall, Lebanon's situation has deteriorated significantly and it ranks behind moderate countries in the region including Jordan and Morocco.