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Argentina Public Holidays Revision Bill Introduced

Source: Parlamentario (Buenos Aires)
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: May 19, 2016

Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has presented a bill which would make wholesale changes to Argentina's public holidays, starting in 2011.

The aforementioned bill would restore the 2 days of Carnival as non-working public holidays. The Carnival public holidays were canceled in 1976 by the military junta. Since the return of democracy there have been repeated calls, and some partial measures (2010-02-08 and 2004-05-21 and 2007-02-11), but this legislation would make the 2 days of Carnival official national non-working public holidays in Argentina.

The bill would also create a new national public holiday, on November 20, called the "Día de la Soberanía" and change the name of the October 12 "Día de la Raza" into "Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural" to be observed on the second Monday of October.

The June 20 public holiday would revert to being always observed on a fixed date.

Finally, the bill also includes provisions for the automatic declaration of bridge public holidays when fixed-date public holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday.

President Kirchner has asked Congress to pass the bill before October 30, 2010.

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