Freedom House ranks Albania as partly free country.

By bne IntelliNews January 20, 2012
Albania was ranked as partly free country according to the 2011 Freedom in the World survey of US non-government organisation Freedom House that rates the level of political rights and civil liberties throughout the world. However, the country experienced a decline in the rating due to violence against demonstrators in the anti-government protest in January 2011, flawed municipal elections from May and the failure of the courts to impartially adjudicate a corruption case against a senior government politician. On the descending scale from 1 to 7, where 1 is the highest grade, Albania received 3 for observing political rights and civil liberties. Under the Freedom House methodology, partly free counties are characterised by some restrictions on political rights and civil liberties, often in a context of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic strife, or civil war. The survey defines 87 countries as free, 60 as partly free and 48 as not free.

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