Dec 30th 2011, 17:02 by H.J. | SÃO PAULO
WHEN Brazil’s lawmakers come back in February after their summer breaks, they will find a long-absent colleague among them. On December 22nd, ten years after renouncing his Senate seat in order to avoid being impeached for corruption claims—and more than a year after 1.8m residents of the vast Amazonian state of Pará voted for his return—Jader Barbalho is back to Brasília once more. Since Congress was already in recess, eight of his peers had to be called back from holidays to swear him in.