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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 20, 2015 Mr Smith abstained in a vote on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which capped and froze some benefits.
Sedgefield Phil Wilson abstained from the legislation but voted for the amendment.
India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia abstained.
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.
He did not explain why his MP abstained from voting and only reminded of how the MPs in the Council of Europe voted.
We did not reach a final decision after evaluating the issue thus we abstained from voting because we respect our principles as sanctions proved to be ineffective on the international scene," he added.
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.