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Even with greater voting power by U.S. shareholders, the vote against James Murdoch would not have exceeded 50 percent.

The sudden suspension of some foreign voting rights represents a huge oversight by News Corp., said Rich Clayton, the research director of CtW Investment Group, a shareholder advisory group that works with U.S. union pension funds.

It raised questions about how long the company was out of compliance, how it would rectify the situation and how the Murdochs will re-apportion their extra voting power, he said.

“Shareholders would be right to demand that the company explain itself more clearly,” he said.

News Corp. said it would keep the voting suspension in place as long as it deems necessary to comply with U.S. law. It did not say how long that might be or what it was doing to get there.

Lazard Capital analyst Barton Crockett said he expected some foreign shareholders to sell off some shares in order to bring the company back in compliance before the annual shareholders meeting in the fall. He didn’t expect selling pressure to hurt shares much.

“I think you’re looking at a ripple, not a tidal wave” of selling, he said.

The suspension will not affect the rights of those shareholders to receive dividends and distributions.

News Corp. said the move secures the assets of its TV segment, which includes TV stations and the Fox broadcast network. The unit generated $4.8 billion of the company’s $33.4 billion in revenue last year.