Source: A Tarde (Salvador)
Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has promised that next year's, November 20th, Dia da Consciência Negra, would be a full-fledged national public holiday.
This official announcement should propel last year's umpteenth bill purporting to make November 20 a national public holiday (21-Nov-2008), which President Lula had supported from the onset (24-Nov-2008), and which had been approved at the end of last year by Brazil's lower house of parliament's Comissão de Constituição e Justiça da Câmara dos Deputados (02-Dec-2008).
The law, were it to pass, would replaced the earlier Projeto de Lei N.º 4.437, de 2004, and would amend Article 1 of the law No 662 of April 6, 1949, which explicitly lists Brazil's official nationwide public holidays.
Black awareness groups had hoped that the declaration of November 20th as a national public holiday would be effective this year (ie. last Friday), but President Lula, through the Presidency's press attaché, indicated that he wanted the promulgation of this new public holiday to go through the legislative process already under way.
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