30 examples of Abstention in a sentence
Perhaps for precisely this reason, the
rate (an average of 57%), was the highest since the first vote in 1979, while the composition of the Parliament, with its right-wing majority, underwent no significant changes.
Germany’s abstention, on the other hand, is viewed as a simple “No,” because Germany has no veto and is also a key member of the European Union and NATO.
Another accomplishment was the record-high
rate: 57% of French voters disdained the rare and precious privilege of voting, a privilege invented several centuries ago by men who believed in deliberation, reason, and enlightenment.
makes this virtually impossible.
It is also reflected in the risk of substantial voter abstention, unusual for a country that takes presidential elections very seriously.
It opted for virtuous
But her return to the presidency comes with a crucial caveat: record-high
calls into question the claim made by some within her coalition that voters want a profound shift away from the market-friendly policies that have made Chile Latin America’s most stable and successful democracy.
But the high
rate in this election – the first with automatic registration and non-mandatory voting – also means that Bachelet will become President with fewer votes than any of her predecessors since democracy was restored in 1990.
For the French, Sarkozy’s determination to act, despite the odds, seems far superior to the passive cynicism of those who preach
or satisfy themselves with empty words.
As a result,
– usually remarkably low in French presidential elections – may play a major role.
Despite official efforts at intimidation – for example, voters were forced to identify themselves in official party booths at the risk of being disqualified from social programs –
reached record levels.
Such movements, like the much-publicized “Barakat” (“Enough”), have encouraged a shift among Algerians from resentful
to active boycott.
on Security Council Resolution 1973 – placing it in the same camp as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) – was a sign that its foreign policy is now influenced more by trade concerns than by European solidarity.
rate for a presidential election had never been higher before the contest between Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.
As Berkeley economics professor Aaron Edlin has pointed out, consumer
is the ultimate competitor.
The lesson of the first ballot of 2002, which saw a high level of
and the surprise elimination of the Socialist Lionel Jospin, partly explains that mobilization.
The object was plain: to gain a Russian, and consequently, a Chinese
How should a Security Council referral of Syria to the ICC be framed in order to attract Russian and Chinese support (or at least abstention)?
Relativism and anti-establishment sentiment are trending in French public opinion, and electoral forecasts predict a surge in
rates among potential Macron voters.
on such a scale would at least have made the election interesting.
Revealingly, the Vatican, knowing that it cannot win, is currently campaigning strongly for mass
will be high, especially among the young.
in the subsequent United Nations Security Council vote clearly signaled its leaders’ displeasure with Kremlin policy.
In fact, until now, Poland’s government was probably the most pro-Israel in Europe, reflected in its
from a recent United Nations General Assembly vote to condemn US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
A good part of the explanation for this turnaround was the fact that the government managed to convince enough voters to move from
to the ‘Yes’ camp (though the turnout still failed to reach 50%).
The record level of
in the recent European Parliament elections is further proof of that growing cynicism and alienation.
This obligation implies positive action, not mere
from the use of force.
The occupation powers are therefore right to be worried about an election in which massive
among Sunnis results in a large Shiite majority.
As for the Arab parties, they lost around 25% of their seats, owing partly to voter
And because the mainstream parties were all close to the political center, voter
at the extremes affected them all about the same.