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Prime minister Viktor Yanukovych is at first declared winner of a rigged (and subsequently annulled) presidential election in Ukraine      
Tests reveal that Viktor Yushchenko, opposition candidate in Ukraine's presidential election, has been poisoned with dyoxin      
Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko easily wins the re-run of the rigged presidential election in the Ukraine      
The first general election is held in Iraq, for 275 members of a permanent Iraqi General Assembly     
The Republicans lose control of both houses of the US Congress in an electoral backlash against the Iraq War       
Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly bring the same result as in 2003, with extremist rivals DUP and Sinn Fein the dominant parties       
Long-term enemies Ian Paisley (DUP) and Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) agree to share power in a reconvened Northern Ireland Assembly       
Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest nearly 20 years after winning Burma' only free election      
2009   June 12
Iran's declaration that its presidential election has been a landslide victory for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brings vast crowds of protesters onto the streets      
2009   June 29
Iran's Guardian Council decrees that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election was valid, amid increasingly strong crackdown on any sign of dissent