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Latvia Could Declare Orthodox Chistmas Public Holidays

Source: Telegraf (Riga)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003

At a recent meeting between the ruling Latvians First party and the Russian
Orthodox Church leadership, Mr Jekabsons, vice-chairman of the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament) said he would be in favor of making January 7 (Orthodox Christmas) an official public holiday in Latvia.

Most commentators, however, are skeptical of this pronouncement, as such statements were made before by high government officials (2002-12-20) and also amendments to that effect have been proposed in the Saeima many times in the past by minority parties, only to be rejected by the current ruling party (2003-01-16).

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