Source: El Mercurio (Santiago)
President Bachelet, through the Presidency's Secretary General, José Antonio Viera-Gallo, has indicated that she would approve the creation of this new public holiday, but that as counterpart, she would insist that the October 12 (día de la Raza) public holiday be canceled.
The bill making October 31st a new annual public holiday (día de las Iglesias Evangélicas) in Chile (16-Sep-2008), was approved by the Senate's Government commission, yesterday.
The quid pro quo, proposed by President Bachelet last year (12-Dec-2007), is being resisted in the Senate on the grounds that the October 12 public holiday is an important national holiday in its own right and that, in any case, it would be unfair to make the Evangelical church directly responsible for its cancellation.
Another point which is still unclear is whether the new holiday would move to the nearest Monday if it falls in the middle of the week, as does the October 12 public holiday, but an option that was not used for the July 16 public holiday created in 2006 (11-Jan-2007).
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