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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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With the tragic exception of the Omagh bombing, one of the current Provisional-leadership's successes has been the manner in which it has managed to prevent widespread and sustained political or paramilitary splits in its ranks since 1986 when, in response to the Provisionals' decision to abandon electoral abstentionism, former Sinn Fein president Ruairi O Bralaigh and a small minority left the party to form "Republican Sinn Fein.
Andrade reserves his severest criticisms for last, lamenting the Modernists' hedonist individualism and abstentionism, and their irresponsible failure to engage 'socio-politically' with the pressing realities of the day.
Republican Sinn Fein, led by O'Bradaigh's father, also Ruairi, formed after the divisive Sinn Fein ard fheis in 1986 which saw members agree to abandon the policy of abstentionism and take seats in the Dail.
The United States has high levels of abstentionism and crime, a weak labor movement, and one of the most unequal distributions of income in the First World, while at the same time it respects civil rights and enjoys high levels of social mobility.
Harm reduction is becoming the major alternative drug policy to abstentionism, which prioritizes the aim of decreasing the prevalence or incidence of drug use.
124) The abstentionism of the TRIPS Agreement may hardly be explained solely by its particular character as an agreement on intellectual property rather than on competition.
Together such phenomena might be said to represent an entrenched scepticism, even hostility, toward politics (an abstentionism obscured in the Australian system by compulsory voting), and the attempts and development of means to redeem politics--in other words, a continued investment in and experimentation with that same system.
a liberation movement which won resounding electoral victories against a terribly weak opposition, but under circumstances of worsening abstentionism by, and depoliticization of, the masses;
The drastic fall in the Conservatives' share of the poll from over 40 percent to just over 30 derived mainly from mass abstentionism by traditional Conservative voters.
In 1986 he threw his weight behind the Adams-McGuinness leadership and their proposal to end abstentionism in the Irish Republic.
We see no reason to believe that this growth will be arrested--differential abstentionism and alienation amongst unionist voters are not the major causes of the growth of the N bloc.