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1. an indication of choice, opinion, or will on a question, such as the choosing of a candidate, by or as if by some recognized means, such as a ballot
2. the opinion of a group of persons as determined by voting
3. a body of votes or voters collectively
4. the total number of votes cast
5. the ticket, ballot, etc., by which a vote is expressed
a. the right to vote; franchise; suffrage
b. a person regarded as the embodiment of this right
7. a means of voting, such as a ballot
8. Chiefly Brit a grant or other proposition to be voted upon



an opinion expressed by means of voting. In the parliamentary practice of bourgeois states, the government’s general policy, its particular concrete actions, or the action of an individual minister may be submitted to a vote of confidence or no confidence. Since many countries do not have strict rules for posing a vote of confidence, every vote on government proposals in parliament can be regarded as a vote of confidence. The government itself can initiate and introduce the vote of confidence; it can propose that parliament vote on its programs or declarations or it can request a vote of confidence in connection with deliberations on a concrete legislative project. In the practice of bourgeois states a government based on a parliamentary majority frequently uses a vote of confidence to guarantee its stability and political authority. A vote of no confidence legally signifies a parliament’s refusal of confidence in the government. The initiative for posing a vote of no confidence can come from parliament or from the government itself; the latter, having received such a vote, loses the support of a parliamentary majority. The consequences of a vote of no confidence are varied. In Italy the constitution provides for an automatic resignation of the government; in such an event in the Federal Republic of Germany the president dismisses the government after the Bundestag has elected the new head of government, a chancellor. In bourgeois practice it does not infrequently happen that the chief of state, after acting in defense of the government, resorts to a dismissal of a parliament after a vote of no confidence.


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Philip Lane (TCD) delivered his paper entitled The Funding of the Irish Domestic Banking System During the Boom The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Gregory Connor (Maynooth University) and seconded by Mr Dermot Coates (Central Bank of Ireland).
Are there any fellow readers who can write in and give a much-deserved vote of thanks to these ladies for all the wonderful work they do?
A vote of thanks was given by the previous president Cynthia Harris.
Bothmy husband and I extend a sincere vote of thanks for your kindness.
Asim Zeeshan and Shaheer Alam co-hosted the program while Rashid Quraishi proposed the vote of thanks which was followed by the rendition of "Aligarh Tarana.
The gathering was hosted by director of Chaplaincy Plus Chris Dinsdale, and the vote of thanks given by Anthony Collins, chairman of the trustees.
But Mr Blair will get a vote of thanks for putting Africa's troubles high on the international agenda.
Mayor Jeff Lodge, who served with the Royal Engineers, said: "At long last, the Government has realised that we who served in the Armed Forces are due a vote of thanks.
The Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP found himself under fire after moving the formal vote of thanks to the Queen for her speech, written by the Government and setting out Labour's Bills for the new session.
Mr Mellor, who had held the seat for 18 years, was taunted by Sir James and a host of other candidates during his vote of thanks.
Berry also offered a vote of thanks to all the trainers he had "hounded for months" to secure items for his auction, reassuring them that it is "safe to talk to him again for a few months".
The youngster will be expected to set an example to other pupils and will have to propose a vote of thanks on speech day in Durham Cathedral.