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Synonyms for abstain

to hold oneself back

Synonyms for abstain

refrain from voting

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choose not to consume

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Faisal refused to comment if the ministry will investigate against Pakistani diplomat at the OHCHR for abstaining from the voting.
The initiators of the idea believe that if the members of parliament do not have the option to abstain from voting, it will minimize their chances of hiding their opinions or misleading voters, as by abstaining they actually vote against a given motion.
The penitential practice of abstaining from meat once a week is only a first step toward promoting a more sustainable future, although a critical one.
With 13 countries opposing the resolution, 8 countries abstaining, and 1 country absenting itself, 22 out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council, refrained from supporting the U.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt posted on his blog on Thursday that Sweden would also vote yes after initially considering abstaining.
FA chairman David Bernstein has made it clear that abstaining is one of three choices to be put to the FA board, along with voting for Blatter, from Switzerland, or Bin Hammam.
One board said: "The events of last week have not helped Bin Hammam, it would be very difficult to support Blatter so abstaining looks the most likely course.
The resolution, imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran was approved by a vote of 12-2 with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting "no.
The abstaining in New York ASSAFIR: Lebanon's refrainment from refusing sanctions on Iran raises embarrassing questions Governmental schism revives political tension FUTURE: Hariri briefs Moubarak on the results of his USA visit and meets Erdogan on Thursday The cabinet is divided so Lebanon abstains from voting AD-DIYAR: "Iran's sanctions" shakes Doha governmental accord Equal voting in the cabinet embarrasses Lebanon towards Washington and Tehran Sleiman votes with the opposition and Jumblatt takes Saudi advice into consideration DAILY STAR: Security Council approves new sanctions against Iran
While Lebanon was advised to do what Turkey does, by voting or abstaining if Ankara does, Lebanese officials maintain that the pressure from Tehran, Damascus, and the Iran-backed Hizbullah on Beirut is immense, Alhomayed added.
Though abstaining will not really harm the Congress, her gesture, she believes will endear the Muslims to her party in the West Bengal assembly elections.
Consequently, abstaining from the necessities of life must heighten smell, sight, and other sensations.
Electing Not to Vote: Christian Reflections on Reasons for Not Voting" offers another choice, looking past even the possibility of a third party candidate, to abstaining to vote for moral reasons.
If the protest vote, which is expected to be split half and half between those voting against and those abstaining, goes ahead, it will be one of the biggest shareholder revolts in recent years.
The nonbinding resolution was adopted with 101 countries in favor, including Japan and the United States, with 22 votes against and 59 countries abstaining from the voting.