Panama's Proposed Return To Long Weekend Public Holidays Gaining Momentum
Source:Panamá América Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2007 Updated: Saturday, November 17, 2007
The lobbying effort to restore the practice of moving Panama's fixed-date public holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday, is gaining momentum.
The principal force behind the proposal, the APATEL (Asociación Panameña de Hoteles), has been joined in its efforts by the FEDECÁMARAS (Federación Nacional de Cámaras de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá) and it looks likely that legislature to that effect will be introduced in the Legislative Assembly before the end of the year.
Días puentes had been established by decree in 1997 by, then President, Ernesto Pérez Balladares (1997-07-04), but after a few failed attempts (1998-12-01), a law was voted in late 1999 abrogating the system of días puentes public holidays (1999-11-01).
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