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Venezuela and Nicaragua on fast track to dictatorship, says Freedom House

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Venezuela and Nicaragua are among the countries registering the greatest democratic setbacks over the past 10 years worldwide, amassing major deterioration in the protection of civil liberties and ranking among the nations leading the expansion of authoritarianism, a report by the Freedom House think tank said on Wednesday, March 3rd.

The study also highlighted the deterioration of established democracies in recent years, including the United States, where the Donald Trump administration tested the system by removing inspectors general- officials tasked with monitoring potential abuses of power within the executive branch - and by punishing or firing officials . . .

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