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defect from (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited. I defected from my homeland after witnessing the atrocities carried out by the government.
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defect to (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited, and go to another place. I defected to this country after witnessing the atrocities being carried out in my homeland.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

defect from something

to run away from something; to forsake something. Thousands of soldiers defected from the army. Roger would never think of defecting from the armed services.
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defect to something

to forsake one group and take up with another. Will he defect to the other side? David defected to a small East European country.
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For example it provided for defection and disqualification of a legislator if he/she '(a) commits a breach of party discipline which means a violation of conduct and declared policies or (b) votes contrary to any direction issued by the Parliamentary Party to which he belongs'.
The defection of Senator Umar Kumo, who was the Director-General of the Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo Campaign Organization and fought relentlessly in returning Hassan Dankwambo to office as Governor in 2015 is said to be a major setback to the PDP in the State and the North-East region as a whole considering his large pool of political followers.
The sources, meantime, unveiled that the defection of the US-backed militants from their ranks created rifts in several border regions with Syria near Ra'as al-Ein in Hasaka, Quntara in Soluk region East of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa.
It accused some key figures including former NIS chief Lee Byeong-ho of "orchestrating" the defection under the Park administration days before the April 14 general election.
Reacting to the defection, Moghalu, a Presidential aspirant of Young Progressives Party, YPP, noted that both parties are filled by the same politicians who have no vision for Nigeria.
bsac-850950-149675359-place This is the latest in a spree of defections undergone by the PML-N as nationwide sitting lawmakers join other parties.
It is the first defection by any North Korean since a historic summit between the two Koreas which saw their leaders agree to pursue the denuclearization of the peninsula and a permanent peace.
Last year saw the lowest number of defections to South Korea since Kim Jong Un took over the country.
In the latest North Korean military defection, a low-ranking soldier crossed the border at around 8:04 a.m.
Lam Paul has confirmed the defection of the two officials from Khartoum, a day after their arrival to the South Sudanese capital Juba.
May prompt are- look into anti- defection law by SC
PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's cabinet meeting held here on Wednesday approved defection clause in section 78 of Local Government Action 2013.
Summary: The announcements of the defection of Lebanese Army soldiers over the weekend to Syrian jihadist groups do not pose a grievous strategic risk to the military, analysts said, but the root causes must be addressed seriously to preserve unity.
But the main talking point among delegates was yet another defection to UKIP when the former deputy mayor of London, Richard Barnes, declared for Nigel Farage's party.
If the Tories were laughing at that - and they were - they aren't laughing now as their conference got off to a horrendous start with a defection and a sex scandal.