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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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From abstentionism to enthusiasm: Sinn Fein, nationalist electors and support for devolved power- sharing in Northern Ireland.
In the case of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) leadership, it has been demonstrated how these influential forces actually doused the embattled students, whose actions put Quebec protests in the international limelight for months, with a cold shower of abstentionism and worse.
In France, the European election will follow two rounds of local elections (23 and 30 March), raising concerns not only that there will be high abstentionism on 25 May but also that parties will delay in drawing up their lists.
In his repeated efforts to reduce the country's chronic abstentionism (on Nov.
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." Unity remains essential because Republican splits generally had deadly consequences, as evident in the internecine warfare surrounding the Provisionals' original separation from the Officials in 1969-1970.
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 Frente also denied the extent of abstentionism. Party executive secretary Jose Figueroa said, "There's not as much abstention as has been claimed.
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.