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Democracy

Self-rule in a polity. In a democracy, the citizens vote on issues of governance. Often, the term also refers to a republic, in which citizens elect representatives who vote on issues of governance, but the two terms are not identical.
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Since the Sudan gained national independence, 1 January 1956, the country has been ruled by dictatorial regimes, except for the short-lived democratic governments of the years 1956-58, 1964-69, and 1986-89.
This isn't much of a reply, if only because so many democratic governments have made war on any association that stands in the way of public policy.
THE OAS PERMANENT COUNCIL condemned the sacking of a Suriname national television station on May 10 by unknown terrorists, while at the same time reaffirming strong support for the democratic government of President Ronald Venetiaan.
supported the efforts by the country's political leaders in maintaining security and preparing "for the day when a democratic government in Damascus will usher in a new era in Lebanese-Syrian relations.
Today, Afghanistan and Iraq are, for better and for worse, under the control of democratic governments, while the thuggish and terrorist- sponsoring regimes that preceded them have been eliminated.
The people of Colombia must not be denied the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a hemisphere united by open markets, democratic governments, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

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