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Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Roberto Montellano, has ratified a decree declaring Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16, 2010, as public holidays on account of this year's Carnival.
This follows last month's announcement (2010-01-29) by Bolivia's Minister of the Presidency, Óscar Coca, that Bolivia's cabinet had decided to maintain all traditional Catholic public holidays.
This, despite the fact that the recently-passed new constitution pointedly states that Bolivia would henceforth be a lay country ("país laico") and that some high-level civil servants had announced that the implementation of the recently approved new constitution (CPE) would probably mean that all the religious public holidays of Bolivia would eventually be replaced by non-religious ones (2009-04-08).
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