SADDAM HUSSEIN, 2002: Saddam Hussein touted official results that showed him winning 100 percent of votes in a referendum for a new seven-year term in office. Hussein (l.) is seen here during his swearing-in ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq. AFP/Newscom/FILE
SADDAM HUSSEIN, 1995: Saddam Hussein was elected – unopposed – with more than 99 percent of the vote. Hussein’s Baath party seized power in 1968, and Hussein took over the presidency in 1979. Hussein, in his first public appearance since his 1995 reelection, waves to supporters in Baghdad, Iraq. INA/Reuters/FILE
BASHAR AL-ASSAD, 2007: Bashar al-Assad won another seven-year term as president in 2007, with the official result of 97.6 percent of the votes. He ran unopposed. A veiled Syrian woman walks past a picture of al-Assad in Damascus, Syria, in July. Khaled al Hariri/Reuters
BASHAR AL-ASSAD, 2000: Bashar al-Assad was elected president unopposed with what the regime claimed to be a massive popular support (97.2 percent of the votes). He succeeded his late father, Hafiz al Assad. A syrian shopkeeper hangs photos of Baath party candidate al-Assad in Damascus, Syria, in June 2000. Huseein Malla/AP/FILE
PAUL KAGAME, 2003, 2010: The official tally may still take a few days, but with one-third of the votes counted in Monday's Rwanda election, President Paul Kagame has won 92.9 percent of the vote. In 2003, he won with more than 95 percent of the vote. A young girl passes by posters Kagame in Kigali, Rwanda, on Aug. 6 during a rally for the upcoming presidential elections. Marc Hofer/AP
NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV, 2005: Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled the country since 1989, won 91.15 percent of the vote in 2005 for a term that was to end in 2012. But he abolished terms limits for himself. Nazarbayev gestures as he delivers a state of the nation speech in Astana, Kazakhstan, in February 2005. Sergey Bondarenko/Reuters/FILE
ISLAM KARIMOV, 1991: Uzbekistan's president Islam Karimov was elected with 86 percent of the vote in 1991, months after declaring independence from Russia, and extended his presidency through a highly controversial referendums in 1995 and 2002 that gave him 90 percent or more of the vote. He was accepted for a third term in the 2007 presidential election with 80 percent of the vote. A boy walks past a campaign poster of Karimov in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in December 2007. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters/FILE
GURBANGULY BERDIMUHAMEDOW, 2007: Turkmenistan's president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow won 89.2 percent of the vote in 2007, but none of the country’s elections since 1991 have been considered free or fair. Berdimuhamedow is seen here in June with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan. Newscom/FILE
ROBERT MUGABE, 2008: Robert Mugabe won a run-off presidential election with 85 percent of the vote after top opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the election, citing electoral manipulation in Zimbabwe's 2008 presidential election. After months of deadlock, the rivals struck a power-sharing deal. Mugabe is seen here with South African President Jacob Zuma at Harare International Airport in August 2009. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/FILE
ALEXANDER LUKASHENKO, 1994, 2006: In 1994, voters made Alexander Lukashenko Belarus’s first post-Soviet president, and in 2006, he was reelected with 82.6 percent of the vote. Lukashenko is seen here in a televised news conference in March 2006. AP/FILE
Scotland will vote in 2014 whether to split off from England and the rest of the United Kingdom. Scottish nationalists argue that Scotland would be better off alone.
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May 23, 2013
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Ending Britain's 306-year rule would allow Scotland to reverse generations of economic mismanagement and free its lawmakers to boost economic growth, say Scottish nationalists campaigning to split from the UK.