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Mexico's Senate Ready To Reject Double Revolution Day Public Holiday

Source: Versión Estenográfica de la Sesión del Martes 10 de Noviembre (Cámara de Senadores)
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: March 22, 2010

Although a formal vote in Mexico's Senate has not yet occurred, it would seem that the prevailing mood is one to reject the recent law passed by the Chamber of Deputies, which would create a double Revolution Day public holiday next week.

The bill, originally purporting to move the Revolution Day public holiday from Monday, November 16, 2009, to its historic date of Friday, November 20, 2009, was amended at the last-minute (really the last minute) when legislators realized that people had made plans for the Monday, November 16, 2009, public holiday, with the result that the original bill (2009-11-08) was amended to declare both the 16th and the 20th of November 2009, as public holidays (2009-11-06).

The executive branch, represented by Mexico's Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social en el Estado, Fanny Arellanes Cervantes, emphasized the tightness of the delays, stressing that even if the bill is approved by the Senate, it still needs to be promulgated by the President and then published in the "Diario Oficial", before becoming effective.

In the Senate, based on the stenographic transcript of today's session, it appears that the opposition to this bill is widespread, in particular with respect to the short delay between the passage of the bill in the lower house, last week, and the date of the concerned public holiday, next Monday.

The general mood on this point was summarized by the vice-president of the Senate, Francisco Arroyo, who said that "amendments made under pressure never amount to anything, and as the Senate is a place of calm and prudence", he does not see this bill being approved. Later in the day, in an interview on Radio Imagen 90.5 FM, the vice-president of the Senate was even more emphatic, stating that "esto se dictaminará y votará el jueves" (the [rejection of this bill] will be discussed and will be voted).

Thus as it stands, until the Senate vote, scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2009, everything points to Monday, November 16, 2009, being the only public holiday in Mexico this month.

This leaves open the question of what will happen next year (2009-10-29).

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