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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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Grigorii Vazov, a nominee of nationalist coalition the Patriotic Front, received 43 votes in favor, with 12 votes against and 118 abstentions.
The assembly also retained operative paragraph 11, which urged all states to work together to overcome obstacles within the international disarmament machinery and immediately implement the three specific recommendations from the 2010 Review Conference Action Plan, by a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 3 against and 4 abstentions including India.
The resolution titled " The Informational Program about the Palestinian Cause which is being handled by the administration of media affairs in the Secretary-General of the United Nations" with 147 votes in favor to 7 against, with 9 abstentions.
The aid was approved by 624 votes to 69, with 11 abstentions.
Abstention from voting has long been attributed to young voters' indifference and voter discontent with traditional politics and parties.
Amiri lost the post of minister of sports and youth on a vote of 107-141 with 13 abstentions, giving him the support of 41.
Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi won the vote of confidence with 227 votes in favor, 38 votes against, and 18 abstentions to become the intelligence minister.
6%), 42 Against, 8 Abstentions (and was taken by secret ballot).
A secret ballot saw Blatter, left as the only candidate for the presidency following Mohamed Bin Hammam's withdrawal on Sunday hours before he was provisionally banned on bribery charges, re-elected with 186 votes and 17 abstentions.
Summary: Rabat - Morocco's House of Representatives (lower house) adopted, on Thursday, the draft Highway Code with 55 votes and 28 abstentions.
According to the announcement the successful ministers include: Abdul Rahim Wardak, defence minister, who secured 124 ayes and 100 nays, and 8 abstentions.
The number of abstentions was unusually high, particularly for ziprasidone.