Source: La Nación (Buenos Aires)
A few hours ago, Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, abandoned the legislative route, and signed an executive decree making Monday, May 24, 2010, a one-off (por única vez) non-working public holiday to coincide with Argentina's bicentennial.
Executive Decree 615, gazetted in the Boletín Oficial is entitled "Establécese por única vez Feriado Nacional el día 24 de mayo de 2010 en todo el territorio de la Nación".
At the beginning of this year (25-Jan-2010), President Kirchner, had indicated that her government planned to declare Monday, May 24 as an additional bridge public holiday, since May 25 falls on a Tuesday this year.
A couple of months later (31-Mar-2010), Argentina's Executive sent a bill to Congress to declare Monday, May 24, 2010, a one-off public holiday on the occasion of Argentina's bicentennial. But this bill has since had a rough time in Congress, with the opposition threatening to vote against and delay the bill's passage into law.
With only a few weeks left before the proposed holiday, President Kirchner decided that an Executive decree was needed ("Necesariamente la gente tiene que tener programada su vida").
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