Mayor-elect seeks court’s help to get him in of­fice

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

LAS CRUCES | The mayor-elect of a New Mex­ico bor­der town is turn­ing to the state Supreme Court to help get him into of­fice.

Daniel Sali­nas’ at­tor­ney asked the court Wed­nes­day to di­rect the 3rd Ju­di­cial Dis­trict Court to re­vise an or­der that pre­vents him from con­tact­ing the Sun­land Park city clerk.

Un­der state law, Mr. Sali­nas must be sworn in by April 5 or for­feit the seat. But the city clerk must ad­min­is­ter the oath.

Mr. Sali­nas faces ex­tor­tion charges in an al­leged plot to force out an­other may­oral can­di­date by threat­en­ing to re­lease a video of a top­less woman danc­ing for him.

The Las Cruces Sun-news re­ports that Mr. Sali­nas’ at­tor­ney al­leges the court or­der vi­o­lates his con­sti­tu­tional rights and amounts to the court in­di­rectly in­ter­fer­ing with an elec­tion. to im­prove its econ­omy af­ter the ouster of its long­time au­thor­i­tar­ian leader last year.

The move, which will re­quire con­gres­sional ap­proval, was an­nounced Thurs­day by Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton. She has vis­ited Tu­nisia twice since its rev­o­lu­tion sparked the un­rest that is now sweep­ing the Arab world. Mrs. Clin­ton said the money would go to pay Tu­nisia’s debt to the World Bank and African De­vel­op­ment Bank.

The as­sis­tance will come in ad­di­tion to a loan guar­an­tee agree­ment that Washington and Tu­nis are now ne­go­ti­at­ing that would see the U.S. pro­vide $30 mil­lion in col­lat­eral to seek hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars from in­ter­na­tional cap­i­tal mar­kets.

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