* A government that comes into power through elections 
Democracy by definition means the government by people. That means that all the people should be able to have their say in one way or another in everything that affects their lives.
characteristics of democracy are : 
* Elections that are frequent, free, fair, and competitive 

* Guaranteed civil rights (the right to speak out, the right to assemble and petition, etc.) 
* Guaranteed political rights (the right to vote, the right to run for office) 
* A free press that it is independent of the government, and multiple sources of media information 
* Accountability to the voters (through elections, recall mechanisms, polls, etc.) 
* Protection of minority rights 
* Government transparency (the government generally works in the open, and corruption is limited) 
* Horizontal accountability between branches of government (checks and balances) 
* Internally sovereign government (the government can act without an unelected force [like the military] preventing it from ruling) 
* Near-universal adult suffrage (almost all citizens of age are allowed to vote, regardless of race, religion, etc.) 
* Rule of law (the government cannot violate the constitution or basic laws at will) 
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