vote of no confidence

noun phrase

Definition of vote of no confidence 

: a formal vote by which the members of a legislature or similar deliberative body indicate that they no longer support a leader, government, etc. The chairman was forced to resign after a vote of no confidence by the board of trustees.

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The vote of no confidence is deeply troubling, unfounded and counterproductive to our collective goals. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Howard faculty council calls on university leaders to resign," 28 Apr. 2018 After a court ruling found that Mr. Rajoy’s party had benefited from a slush fund, Mr. Sánchez orchestrated a parliamentary revolt, winning the backing of a majority of lawmakers to oust Mr. Rajoy through a vote of no confidence. New York Times, "Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s New Leader, Returns From the Political Wilderness," 3 June 2018 In an interview Monday, Wright said his decision to resign was not related to the protest or the push by some faculty who have called for a vote of no confidence in Frederick. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "Progress reported in talks to end occupation at Howard University," 2 Apr. 2018 The number of ballots cast in the vote of no confidence represent approximately 83 percent of the employees in the New Plymouth School District, according to the letter. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "New Plymouth staff demands superintendent’s resignation for ‘creating a culture of fear’," 29 Jan. 2018 That country’s parliament will hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to his conservative Popular Party. Washington Post, "Italian turmoil hits global markets, sending stocks plunging," 31 May 2018 Many in Carbondale have rebuked him and the faculty senate overwhelmingly passed a vote of no confidence this week. Dawn Rhodes,, "Southern Illinois University president ousted amid swirling controversy," 13 July 2018 But like Merkel, May lives in constant fear of a vote of no confidence. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 June 2018 But the director of the training academy was fired, as was the safety officer, and the longtime fire chief resigned after votes of no confidence by the firefighters’ and fire officers’ unions. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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