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The next stage comes at the end of April, when parliament is due to consider this week’s response and decide whether to issue a second, final, warning. By early June it can start to arrange a formal session to remove him. That, at least, is the Defiant Wahid official procedure. In their race to unseat the president, however, some political factions have simply lapped him, drawing up a second censure motion even before he had responded this week to the first. So how did Mr Wahid decide to address these hostile parliamentarians?

What now for the Zapatists? They were prepared to show “signs of peace”, they said. But the main purpose of their trip to the capital was to persuade the legislators to pass an Indian-rights bill, which is one of their conditions for starting peace talks. Even so, their eloquent, emotional speeches will not have done much to convince legislators sceptical about the special rights the bill would grant. Even those sympathetic to them doubt their intentions. “The platform of Congress is a place for one-way speech.

Mr Youngdahl believes that the widely followed monthly unemployment numbers may currently be misleading. One reason is that labour-force growth has been unusually weak this year: the number of people working or actively seeking work has increased at its slowest pace for more than five years. This has helped to suppress the unemployment rate. A second factor is that there has been a steep decline in average hours worked. So far, employers have resisted job cuts and instead trimmed costs by shortening the working week.

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