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Sovereign power say (5)


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This clue might be a double definition.

'sovereign power' is the first definition.
'state' can be an answer for 'power' (thesaurus). I'm not sure about the 'sovereign' bit.

'say' is the second definition.
(I know that say can be written as state)

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(Other definitions for state that I've seen before include "Say; condition" , "Country; aver" , "A test (anag.)" , "eg Iowa" , "Public" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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