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Bahamas Majority Rule Public Holiday Official
 
(Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013)

Source: The Government of the Bahamas (Nassau)

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, has announced final passage of last spring's bill "to amend the pubic holidays act to create 10th January as Majority Rule Day and a public holiday".

Early this year (09-Jan-2013), the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Gladstone Christie, had announced that the Bahamas Cabinet would consider declaring January 10 as a new "Majority Rule" annual non-working public holiday in the Bahamas, starting in 2014, as "Majority Rule is arguably the most important event in the country's history with the exception of the Abolition of Slavery and Independence". The bill was introduced into Parliament a couple of months later (11-Apr-2013 and 02-May-2013) and the house debate on the bill to make Majority Rule Day a public holiday was wrapped-up the following month (06-May-2013).

As per the Prime Minister's remarks made in the House, "His Excellency the Governor-General will in just a few moments from now sign into law the Majority Rule (Public Holiday) Act 2013 which will make January 10th an annual public holiday in The Bahamas, commencing with January 10th of next year.".

In addition, the Prime Minister announced that "His Excellency will also sign into law this morning the much heralded National Heroes Act 2007. This legislation will formally establish "National Heroes Day". Indeed as from this coming Monday, and thereafter on the second Monday in October of each year, we will celebrate "National Heroes Day" as a public holiday in The Bahamas.". This finally puts an end to the Bahamas Government's reluctance (14-Oct-2009 and 28-Sep-2007) to gazette the National Heroes Bill and the National Honours Bill, which were approved by both houses of Parliament, more than 6 years ago (30-Mar-2007).

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
Bahamas bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (October 2013)
Bahamas 2017 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Bahamas 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Bahamas 2019 bank holidays and public holidays
Bahamas 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
Bahamas 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
 2016-12-22: Bahamas 2017 Public Holidays Announced
 2016-01-27: Bahamas 2016 Public Holidays Announced
 2016-01-07: Bahamas Public Holiday January 11
 2014-12-29: Bahamas 2015 Public Holidays Announced
 2014-01-03: Bahamas Public Holiday January 10
 2013-12-10: Bahamas 2014 Public Holidays Announced
 2013-05-06: Bahamas Majority Rule Public Holiday Debate Closed
 2013-05-02: Bahamas Majority Rule Public Holiday Bill Progress
 2013-04-11: Bahamas Public Holidays Amendments Bill
 2013-01-09: Bahamas Considers January 10 Public Holiday
 2009-10-14: Bahamas Discovery Day Public Holiday Still Unchanged
 2007-09-28: Bahamas Discovery Day Public Holiday Replacement Delayed Until 2008
 2007-03-30: Bahamas Votes National Heroes Public Holiday Bill


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