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Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Moscow on Tuesday, rejecting the legitimacy of President Vladimir Putin and demanding new elections, a prominent opposition leader said.

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A tenuous truce holds, but Syria lacking full compliance with peace planupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 21:54:00

The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria on Thursday after a truce cast relative calm over restive cities and towns previously pounded by government forces.

Myanmar invites U.S. and EU to observe April electionsupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 06:04:00

Myanmar has invited the United States and the European Union to send representatives to observe elections in April, according to officials in the region.

Ex-intelligence chief shot dead hours after Guinea Bissau electionsupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 07:28:00

The former head of intelligence of Guinea Bissau was shot dead in the capital late Sunday, hours after the peaceful conclusion of the country's presidential elections.

Observers slam Russian vote as Putin declares victoryupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 21:24:00

Thousands of people in Moscow rallied for and against Vladimir Putin in separate rallies Monday after official election results showed the Russian prime minister handily winning back the presidency.

Will Putin be able to make Russia great?updated: Sat Mar 03 2012 04:09:00

The foiled plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin just days before the presidential election is certain to strengthen his margin of victory at the polls on Sunday.

Putin's memorable alpha male momentsupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 04:09:00

CNN's Zain Verjee looks at Vladimir Putin's latest suggestive campaign ad that emphasizes his alpha male persona.

Myanmar to consider allowing neighbors to observe electionsupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 06:19:00

The Myanmar government will "seriously consider" accepting observers from neighboring countries to monitor elections taking place in April, a regional organization said Tuesday.

Congolese protesters rally in U.S. capitalupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 21:41:00

Protesters rallied in Washington on Saturday to raise awareness of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo following contested elections there in November.

24 killed since election results announced in Congo, rights group saysupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 06:48:00

Democratic Republic of Congo security forces have killed more than 24 people and arbitrarily detained dozens more since President Joseph Kabila was announced the winner of the disputed president elections on December 9, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Congo vote result 'lacks credibility'updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 06:48:00

David Pottie, of the Carter Center, discusses the disputed results of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Russia's protesters have tough taskupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 10:00:00

Fareed Zakaria discusses the recent protests in Russia and the tough uphill climb they face to produce change in Moscow.

Protesters disappear in Moscowupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 12:52:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on the large police presence on Moscow's streets and talks to protesters who are reorganizing.

Putin accuses U.S. of encouraging Russia election protestsupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 12:52:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed the United States Thursday for encouraging opposition protests that have broken out since parliamentary elections Sunday.

Clinton cites 'serious concerns' about Russian electionupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 23:44:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a "full investigation" of irregularities in Sunday's parliamentary elections in which the party of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears to have suffered a serious setback.

Russian vote is setback for Putinupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 23:44:00

Putin's party suffers sharp losses. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports it's not politics as usual for united Russia.

Civil rights monitors sent to five states for electionsupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 19:44:00

Federal civil rights officials announced Monday they have sent election observers to locations in five states to keep an eye out for potential trouble at the polls Tuesday.

Did a slap start a revolution?updated: Tue Oct 25 2011 08:25:00

CNN's Ivan Watson meets the woman whose confrontation with a vendor helped launch Tunisia's revolution.

Historic elections in Tunisia laudedupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 08:25:00

Tunisia was the first Arab country this year to overthrow its long-ruling dictator. And it now is the first country of the Arab Spring to hold an election, one that international observers are calling remarkably free and fair.

Fate of 'last dictator in Europe' up for grabs in Belarus electionupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 16:00:00

Voters in Belarus head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots in presidential elections.

Afghanistan's election panel disqualifies 10 percent of ballotsupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 14:45:00

About 10 percent of votes cast in last month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have been disqualified due to suspected fraud, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission said Monday.

Kyrgyzstan holds elections after turbulent yearupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 01:58:00

Polls closed Sunday in the poor but strategically important Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan as citizens turned out to elect a new parliament, after a year that has seen the president flee the country and ethnic riots that left hundreds dead.

Observers cite 'serious concerns about quality' of Afghan electionsupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 10:16:00

An independent watchdog group says it has "serious concerns about the quality" of the Afghan parliamentary elections last weekend, citing "electoral violations and irregularities" and security problems that forced polling centers to close.

Many Afghans denied right to vote, watchdog saysupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 10:05:00

Many Afghans were denied the right to vote in parliamentary elections because the country is too dangerous and because of logistical failures, an independent election watchdog said Monday.

Discrepancy calls Afghan voter turnout into questionupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 11:25:00

Congratulatory messages have been pouring in to Afghanistan after Saturday's parliamentary elections, with dignitaries commending voters' bravery for defying Taliban rocket and bomb attacks to cast their ballots.

Parliamentary elections in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 11:25:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports 2,500 candidates are competing in elections marred by violence and allegations of fraud.

Under a cloud of violence and fraud, Afghans head to pollsupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 14:11:00

Afghans voted in the fourth post-Taliban-era national election Saturday, though it was not without the violence promised by militants or myriad procedural challenges.

Equatorial Guinea president pledges reformsupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 14:09:00

The president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea pledged a series of reforms Monday, saying he wants to ensure peace, political stability and transparency in the central African nation, ranked among the world's most corrupt.

Guinea's first free election praised for transparencyupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 09:30:00

International observers Monday applauded the first free presidential election in Guinea in more than 50 years, saying it was democratic, inclusive and transparent.

Report: Sudan election 'short of international standards'updated: Tue Apr 20 2010 08:57:00

Sudan's first multiparty elections in more than two decades fell short of international standards, the United States, United Kingdom and Norway said, echoing an earlier report by the Carter Center.

Sudan eagerly waits to voteupdated: Sat Apr 17 2010 20:25:00

CNN's David McKenzie travels to Sudan to cover historic national elections.

Sudan elections flawed, but a first step, observers sayupdated: Sat Apr 17 2010 20:25:00

Sudan's first multiparty elections in 24 years, which wrapped up earlier this week, fell short of international standards but should be recognized as an important step forward for the nation, observers said Saturday.

Vote count begins after landmark Sudan electionupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 21:25:00

Counting was under way in Sudan on Friday, nearly a week after voters started casting ballots in the nation's first multiparty election in 24 years.

U.N. backs voting extension in Sudanupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 07:33:00

The United Nations on Tuesday applauded the decision by Sudan's National Election Commission to extend voting in the nation's multi-party elections by two days until Thursday.

An outsider's view on Sudan's futureupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 07:33:00

CNN's David McKenzie talks to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the prospect for peace in Sudan.

So much at stake in Sudan electionsupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 08:45:00

Sudan is holding multi-party elections for the first time in more than two decades. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Chaotic scenes in historic Sudan electionupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 08:45:00

As Sudan began its second day of voting on Monday in an historic election, problems in the vote emerged in some areas.

EU pulls election observers from Darfurupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 14:52:00

The European Union on Wednesday pulled its observers from Darfur ahead of elections in Sudan, an EU spokeswoman told CNN.

Allawi's coalition wins most seats in Iraq voteupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 21:36:00

Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to results issued Friday by Iraqi election officials.

The return of Yanukovichupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 09:23:00

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Matthew Chance, Ukraine President-elect Viktor Yanukovich talks of the future.

Final tally shows Yanukovich wins Ukraine electionupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 09:23:00

The final results from Ukraine's presidential election on Wednesday showed former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich winning a close race, but an official declaration of a victor was still to come.

Tymoshenko refuses to concede defeat in Ukraine electionupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 11:42:00

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refuses to concede defeat in Ukraine's presidential election and plans to demand a recount in some districts, officials from her party, Bloc Tymoshenko, said Tuesday.

President wins controversial Equatorial Guinea voteupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 10:27:00

The president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has been re-elected in a vote that human rights groups criticized as unfair.

Afghan election runoffupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 13:39:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria speaks with President Karzai who explains why he changed his mind about a runoff.

Karzai rival issues conditions for Afghan runoffupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 13:39:00

The main challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday demanded the removal of the country's election chief and 200 other staffers of the election commission to ensure a fair runoff election.

Afghan rivals urged to respect election resultupdated: Sun Oct 18 2009 10:26:00

The United States and France urged the Afghan president and his main rival to respect the results of an August election in order to ensure the country has a legitimate government.

Karzai warns West over Afghan vote fraud claimsupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 14:36:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday warned Western observers not to "delegitimize" the results of his country's presidential election, which has been marred by allegations of fraud.

Hundreds of Afghan votes declared invalidupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 11:43:00

Afghan presidential election results from five polling stations were declared invalid by the Electoral Complaints Commission on Thursday because of fraud.

Afghanistan commission orders partial vote recountupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 11:01:00

Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission on Tuesday ordered a partial recount of the ballots in the August 20 presidential election.

Afghan election fraudupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 11:01:00

Heavy fraud leads to votes being thrown out in the Afghan presidential elections. CNN's Atia Abawi reports

U.S. urges Karzai to allow vote fraud probeupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 04:10:00

Increasingly credible allegations of vote fraud were the topic of conversation Monday night for a meeting between U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, senior State Department officials said.

Rivals claim success in Afghan voteupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 15:25:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's campaign team claimed Friday he was on track for victory in the country's presidential election, while his close rival Abdullah Abdullah also said he was leading the vote.

Hariri claims win in Lebanonupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 01:06:00

Saad Hariri, the leader of Lebanon's Sunni-dominated "March 14 coalition," claimed victory hours after the polls closed in Sunday's crucial election.

Violence unlikely to mar Indonesia election, analyst saysupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 10:14:00

Simmering ethnic and religious tensions in parts of Indonesia have yet to be adequately addressed, but none are expected to overshadow upcoming elections, a senior analyst said this week.

Macedonia vote 'free of violence'updated: Mon Mar 23 2009 11:02:00

Sunday's presidential election in Macedonia was free of the violence which marred last year's parliamentary vote in the former Yugoslav republic, election observers said on Monday.

Cell phones promise fairer elections in Africaupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 14:57:00

The humble mobile phone is driving a new revolution which some experts hope could bring fairer elections and democracy to some African states.

Mongolia poll disputeupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 05:52:00

Protesters mob the ruling party headquarters alleging fraud in a poll on the sharing of the country's mineral wealth.

Mongolia calm after election riotsupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 05:52:00

Calm returned to the Mongolian capital Thursday after a post-election political rally descended into violence.

Opposition supporters claim torture in Zimbabweupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 22:46:00

With polls closed for a Zimbabwe runoff that opposition politicians and international observers call a sham, alleged torture victims who support former candidate Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday that they back his decision to pull out of the race. Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Pulls Outupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 11:00:00

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is pulling out of Friday's presidential runoff because of mounting violence

Maoists early leaders in Nepal electionsupdated: Sun Apr 13 2008 04:22:00

The former communist rebels known as Maoists emerged Sunday as early leaders in Nepal's historic elections for an assembly that could formally abolish a 240-year monarchy.

Nepal election fraud?updated: Sat Apr 12 2008 09:33:00

There are calls of fraud in Nepal's election of a constitutional assembly. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Three dead in Nepal vote violenceupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 12:26:00

Nepal's elections on Thursday were hailed as a success by international observers, including a former U.S. president, despite violence that left two people dead -- including a candidate gunned down in front of a polling station.

Montenegrin president re-elected in landslideupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 07:44:00

President Filip Vujanovic won re-election by a landslide, election monitors said Monday, cementing Montenegro's westward economic and political course since breaking away from Serbia two years ago.

Zimbabwe observers point to runoff voteupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 02:09:00

Anxiety was growing in Zimbabwe early Tuesday, three days after people in the African nation went to the polls to elect a new president and parliament.

Pro-western Georgia president headed to election victoryupdated: Sun Jan 06 2008 16:33:00

Near-complete returns from Georgia's presidential election show pro-western President Mikheil Saakashvili winning a majority of the vote, the head of the former Soviet republic's electoral commission said Sunday.

Tribal bonds color Kenyan politicsupdated: Wed Jan 02 2008 09:14:00

Kenya has enjoyed a reputation as one of East Africa's most stable nations since achieving independence from the UK in 1963. Russian Youths: US Inciting Revoltupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 10:00:00

A pro-Kremlin youth movement said it will distribute fliers Monday accusing the United States of planning to incite "thieves and traitors" to rebel across Russia

Kazakh leader wins 'flawed' electionupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 06:44:00

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's party won every available seat in a new parliament on Sunday after a flawed vote that the opposition said turned the clock back to totalitarian Soviet rule.

Kazakhs vote in test of democracyupdated: Sat Aug 18 2007 08:48:00

Kazakhstan voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election that is bound to return a big majority for President Nursultan Nazarbayev's party and is seen as a test of the Central Asian state's democracy.

Justice department dispatches election monitorsupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 20:49:00

The Justice Department Monday announced it has dispatched an army of election observers and monitors across the country to polling places where it sees a potential for discrimination or other voting rights violations.

Federal observers and monitors heading to pollsupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 20:56:00

The Justice Department plans to dispatch more than 800 federal observers and monitors to 20 states to protect voting rights in potentially troubled polling locations, officials announced Tuesday.

U.S. calls for new Belarus voteupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 00:30:00

European monitors and the United States have condemned the weekend presidential election in Belarus that saw President Alexander Lukashenko re-elected in a landslide, with the White House joining opposition calls for a new vote.

Double bombing rips through Baghdad shopping areaupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 07:53:00

At least 15 people were killed and 46 others wounded Thursday when near-simultaneous car and suicide bombings struck a busy commercial district in central Baghdad, an official with the city's emergency police said.

IRA scraps all its arms - monitorsupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 05:16:00

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has given up its entire arsenal of weapons after more than three decades of armed struggle against British rule, according to the disarmament monitor for Northern Ireland.

Ethiopia: Arrests follow bloodshedupdated: Thu Jun 09 2005 05:48:00

Ethiopian security forces held a number of opposition leaders under house arrest Thursday, a day after police and troops fired into crowds killing at least 22 people in the country's worst bloodshed in four years.

Long lines mark Zimbabwe electionupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 00:11:00

Polls have officially closed in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections that were characterized by long lines at ballot stations and attacks by the U.S. and the European Union as being unfair.

Abbas declared victor in Palestinian electionupdated: Mon Jan 10 2005 07:21:00

Election officials declared Mahmoud Abbas the winner of the Palestinian Authority's presidential elections on Monday, positioning him to succeed Yasser Arafat in a new era that could lead to an independent Palestinian state.

Palestinian moderate Abbas claims victoryupdated: Sun Jan 09 2005 03:25:00

Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas declared victory in the Palestinian presidential election late Sunday after exit polls gave him a commanding lead over his rivals.

Palestinians prepare for post-Arafat electionupdated: Sat Jan 08 2005 07:18:00

Palestinians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new president in what is promised to be the most transparent election in modern Arab history.

Ukraine PM urged to admit defeatupdated: Tue Dec 28 2004 09:13:00

A leading European human rights watchdog has called on Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to admit defeat as initial results showed his West-leaning rival Viktor Yushchenko winning the presidency.

Yushchenko: Ukraine finally freeupdated: Mon Dec 27 2004 03:35:00

Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has said Ukraine will finally be free after declaring himself the winner of the rerun of fraud-filled presidential elections.

Tension high ahead of Ukraine pollupdated: Fri Dec 24 2004 08:36:00

Ukraine's presidential rivals wrapped up their campaigns Friday as tension mounted ahead of Sunday's rerun election.

Ukraine candidates in fiery clashupdated: Tue Dec 21 2004 02:46:00

The two men vying to become president of Ukraine exchanged attacks in a bare-knuckled television debate, six days before they face new elections that will be watched closely in many parts of the world.

New setback for Ukraine oppositionupdated: Sat Dec 04 2004 01:52:00

Ukraine's parliament has failed to approve changes to electoral laws that the opposition says were needed to prevent fraud in a rerun of a presidential election later this month.

Ukrainian rivals urge non-violenceupdated: Sun Nov 28 2004 05:15:00

In separate speeches Sunday, Ukraine's presidential rivals told thousands of their supporters that violence would only hurt their causes.

Ukraine's parliament rejects election resultsupdated: Sat Nov 27 2004 01:07:00

Ukraine's parliament has rejected the results of the country's presidential election and called for a new vote, nonbinding moves that indicate rising uneasiness with the standoff between the two candidates.

Ballot battleupdated: Thu Oct 28 2004 17:08:00

The presidential election is still a few days out, and already we're seeing dozens of legal battles and other disputes over election ballot minutiae.

U.S. to dispatch election monitors updated: Thu Oct 28 2004 08:17:00

The Justice Department is expected to announce Thursday where it plans to send about 1,000 federal election monitors charged with protecting the voting rights of citizens in the November 2 balloting.

Karzai on course for majority winupdated: Sun Oct 24 2004 21:08:00

Vote counting in Afghanistan's historic elections is almost finished, with incumbent President Hamid Karzai on course to win a simple majority.

Karzai leads amid fraud claimsupdated: Mon Oct 18 2004 02:46:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to hold a strong lead in the nation's landmark elections amid accusations of voter fraud from a key rival.

Monitor: No reason to nullify pollupdated: Sun Oct 10 2004 01:56:00

There is no reason to nullify results from Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan, despite voting irregularities that caused the opposition candidates to demand a new election, according to the head of an international group monitoring the process.

Candidates want new Afghan presidential electionupdated: Sat Oct 09 2004 00:54:00

Afghanistan's first election was marred by controversy when all but one of the presidential candidates alleged voter fraud and vowed to discount the results.

Afghans vote in historic electionupdated: Fri Oct 08 2004 13:26:00

Afghans have begun heading to the polls in the country's first direct democratic election, almost three years after the hard-line Taliban regime was ousted by a U.S.-led military campaign.

Bush, Kerry plans contrast on key issuesupdated: Fri Sep 17 2004 08:37:00

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International team to monitor presidential electionupdated: Sun Aug 08 2004 18:05:00

A team of international observers will monitor the presidential election in November, according to the U.S. State Department.

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