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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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MP Mohammad Reza Malikshahi said a new vote of confidence would be required only if Ahmadinejad accepts Saffar-Harandi's resignation.
The draft stated that President Karzai will directly nominate the IEC members without need for an additional vote of confidence from the parliament.
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No Labour MP will have any difficulty voting that the overall record of this Government is sound but, if every vote is turned into a vote of confidence, what is the point of Parliament?
Two years ago the voluntary party gave me an overwhelming vote of confidence,'' he said.
We are encouraged that these noteholders have committed to increase their investments in Neenah, and we see their actions as a strong vote of confidence in the company," said William Barrett, chief executive officer of Neenah.
Needless to say, we deeply appreciate this vote of confidence.
James Simmons resigned February 28 from his post after he failed to win a vote of confidence from the congregation.
BioLineRx's Chairman of the Board and Vice President, Strategic Business Planning and New Ventures, Teva Pharmaceuticals, said, "We are pleased with the unprecedented vote of confidence that we received from the public and institutional investors.
Summary: Chennai (Tamil Nadu)[India], Sept 5 (ANI): The Madras High Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction for the Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to seek a vote of confidence by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
TAP) - Prime Minister Habib Essid " resorted to institutions and the constitution to preserve the democratic process by formally requesting a vote of confidence for his government to the House of the People's Representatives (HPR)," said Dhafer Neji, in charge of press and communication in the Prime Ministry.
PESHAWAR March 18 -- President of Awami National Party Khyber Pakthunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has dissolved the district Peshawar cabinet after the district President failed to obtain vote of confidence from the district council.