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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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The parliament also adopted (with 100 votes in favour and 28 abstentions) the law on the adoption of the agreement and its annexes, signed between Tunisia and the Italian hydrocarbon grouping "ENI", for the management of the Algerian gas pipeline crossing Tunisian territory to Italy.
In the end, the scheme was refused by four votes to three, with three abstentions.
But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87 in favor, 57 opposed, with 33 abstentions -- a plurality but below the two-thirds requirement to adopt it.
The first, titled "The Syrian Golan," passed with 100 votes in favor, 12 against and 62 abstentions. For a second consecutive year, the United Kingdom broke with the European Union to vote against it, joining the United States, Israel, Canada, Australia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and a few others.
A draft resolution "Assistance to Palestine refugees" got 161 votes in favor, 2 against (Israel, United States), and 8 abstentions (Cameroon, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands).
The money will be provided from the budget the Republic of Macedonia through reallocations among budget beneficiaries and insurance funds as defined in the decision that passed Parliament Monday with 64 votes in favor, no votes against and no abstentions. This decision was preceded by meetings of the Committee on Financing and Budget and the Legislative Committee.
Under the terms of the resolution titled 'Protection of the Palestinian civilian population' ' adopted by a vote of 120 in favour to 8 against with 45 abstentions ' the 193-member Assembly, which met
WASHINGTON, April 13 (KUNA) -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Thursday called China and Kazakhstan's abstentions on a UN vote condemning the Syrian regime's reported use of chemical weapons "notable," adding this shows the US "is persuading the world that the use of weapons of mass destruction cannot go unanswered." China's abstention comes on the heels of President Xi's visit to the US, when he met with President Donald Trump in Florida.
The vote last December on the annual human rights resolution was 83-35 with 68 abstentions, a record number of abstentions.
So it's apt that it should begin "First they came for the Socialists", because this week the abstention of most members of the Labour Party against the Government's horrid Welfare Reform Bill - including the abstentions of three of the main leadership contenders - surely suggests that there are very few people in politics left to speak up for the cause of Socialism.