Cablegate: Local Government Game - Southern States
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SUBJECT: LOCAL GOVERNMENT GAME - SOUTHERN STATES
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strengths of the two parties, and a victory for the AD would
be what it needs to return it strongly as a major player in
southwest politics. A loss for the AD could be the final
nail in its political coffin. A constitutional challenge to
the new LGAs could delay the elections, again, for a long
period. If the States are perceived to continue to have the
best legal position, the federal government could go to court
one day before elections and stall the process for months.
This would give officials at all levels another excuse as to
why citizens have yet to receive the "dividends of democracy"
they have been promised by their politicians.