Vote-of-no-confidence meaning

The definition of a vote of no confidence is a motion put before a governing group to defeat or embarrass an opposing party.
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In Britian, according to Westminster parliamentary procedure, governments often respond to a vote of no confidence by calling for a confidence motion. Parliament passes or rejects the vote. Typically, when a vote of no confidence passes parliament, the government official must either resign or seek a parliamentary dissolution or general election.
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Unlike the British system, in Germany the Chancellor is not required to resign if he or she receives a vote of no confidence.
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In modern times, votes of no confidence are relatively rare occurrences in democracies. Parties typically handle tiffs among their members without resorting to the vote of no confidence.

An example of a vote of no confidence was when a senator requested a vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez after a botched FBI raid.

An example of a vote of no confidence in the United States occurred in the 1950s when U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson received a vote of no confidence.

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(politics, law) A parliamentary motion representing the lack of confidence of a parliament in the standing government. A passed motion of no confidence usually results in the government's fall.
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