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"Whatever the outcome of the referendum (and most people predict a majority in favor of secession), the government has a lot of explaining to do — to its own people. Reading the latest survey by the National Democratic Institute, which has been tracking opinion in the South since 2004, I can see some disturbing trends:

  • Widespread dissatisfaction with the levels of development and security.
  • Most people see some progress on basic services—credited mainly to non-governmental actors—but government-led efforts are considered inadequate.
  • Crime is the most widespread security issue but inter-ethnic conflict and misbehavior by security forces are problems in some locations.
  • Government performance is rated as ‘fair to good’ but corruption is seen as rampant."
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