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East Timor president says gov’t paralyzed

East Timor’s president cautioned Wednesday that the government has become paralyzed and was partly to blame for the worst outbreak of violence since the country’s bloody break from Indonesian rule in 1999. “This crisis has shaken all of us,” President Xanana Gusmao told Parliament in a nationally televised speech, his first address to the country since clashes and gang violence broke out in late April following the dismissal of nearly 600 striking soldiers. “We have witnessed the state become paralyzed … and worse than that, we have witnessed that the population is suffering.” Full Story

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