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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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The following Section presents a simple formal model to illustrate the distributional effects of insiders' ability to trade or abstain on nonpublic information in a variety of informational and legal environments.
Israel has conducted intensive contacts with Bulgaria and Romania in recent days, and the two countries decided to abstain.
To determine the factors that play a role in teenagers' decisions to abstain from intercourse, the researchers analyzed data from a 1998 Minnesota survey that included ninth-and 12th-grade students.
The National Association of Pension Funds has recommended its members abstain in the vote in protest over Sir Richard's role on the group's remuneration committee, which decides how much directors are paid.
The move came despite pressure from shareholder group the National Association of Pension Funds for voters to abstain.
The belief that alcoholics must abstain is so ensconced in American folklore that contrary research findings tend to produce angry responses.
The Alcon Organizational Regulations and Swiss law mandate that directors abstain from voting on matters with respect to which they are conflicted
5 ( ANI ): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said the decision of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to abstain from voting on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha should not be seen as a conspiracy.
The decision to abstain from voting reflected a schism between the rival Lebanese camps as the March 14 coalition is largely allied with the West, especially the United States, while the parties in the opposition March 8 forces such as Hizbullah and Amal have ties to Iran.
and why were some of them allowed to abstain instead of voting?
After the meeting, Mamata revealed her party was opposed to the bill in its present form and that the Trinamool would abstain from voting.
Many other Islamic countries are absent or abstain, but rarely do they actually vote against Iran as Saudi Arabia did this year.