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abstain

verb avoid, be loath, be neutral, by-pass, cease, decline, defer, desist, discontinue, dispense with, do without, eschew, forebear, forgo, hold back, keep away, keep off, let alone, not use, not vote, refrain voluntarily from, refuse, restrain oneself, shirk, shun, spare, stand aside, take no sides, turn aside from, waive, withhold
See also: abandon, decline, defer, desist, discontinue, eschew, forbear, refrain, refuse, reject, relinquish, rest, shirk, shun, withhold
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He was responding to questions raised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a coalition partner of the government, who informed the House that Pakistan abstained from voting on the resolution.
On July 11, 2016 Mr Smith abstained in votes on devolving powers over the police and control of water to Wales.
The clear evidence of Monday night is that the SNP are leading that opposition, while Labour sat on their hands and abstained, which was unforgivable.
Israel has been in touch with the leaders of the five countries that abstained since last July, when India had voted against Israel in the UNHRC.
The SLFP, TNA and DNA voted with the government, while other members of the UPFA abstained from voting.
This month, however, a bare majority of seven of the neighbors voted nay (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan) while three abstained (UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq), two absented themselves (Turkey and Azerbaijan) and Bahrain took the ultimate step of voting for the resolution.
The Samajwadi Party's 21 MPs and Bahujan Samaj Party's 22 MPs abstained from voting on the FDI issue.
Waseem Sajjad when contacted stated, according to constitution, no MNA can abstained from voting against party policy during Prime Ministerial elections, and if any MNA abstain the party policy, then head of the party can file a reference to speaker for the disqualification of that member.
Mehmeti-Devaja abstained from voting, because some of the people in the Albanian parliamentary delegation voted "in favor" and others voted against.
THE TWO MPs of railway minister Mamata Banerjee's party, the Trinamool Congress, abstained from voting on the women's reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha.
The United States let it pass but abstained from voting in opposition to the text.
Nine countries voted for the US-drafted resolution, five - including veto-holding Russia and China - opposed it and one abstained in the 15-nation council.