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Romanian opposition failed once again to overthrow the Government in 2019. This came as no surprise. However, the main party in power requested its members not to vote at all.

The trick is that the vote is not electronically done, the vote itself is secret except that the fact that if a MP voted or not is publicly known. In order to avoid having any of its members to secretly vote against the government, the leadership urged them not to vote at all, even threatening with exclusion from the party.

I am wondering if such a trick is employed in any other EU country.

Question: Is there any political party in a EU country that has a leadership that virtually bypasses secret voting by asking its MPs not to vote?

  • The title confused me at first, as "European political party" means something different from, say, "political party in a European country". It might be worth using wording closer to the latter. – Steve Melnikoff Jun 26 '19 at 15:49
  • @SteveMelnikoff - you are right. Fixed the question. – Alexei Jun 26 '19 at 15:55
  • In a similar spirit, is it worth changing "members" in the title to MPs (or similar)? There are certainly groups advocating the public boycott various elections and referendums, but I don't think that fits with what you mean. – origimbo Jun 26 '19 at 15:57

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