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Bolivia Declares January 22 Public Holiday

Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz)
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Earlier today, Bolivia's Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Welfare, Calixto Chipana, announced that the Bolivian Government had declared Friday, January 22, 2010, as a one-off national public holiday, to coincide with Juan Evo Morales Ayma's second inauguration as President of Bolivia.

Note that, in addition, the day before, Thursday, January 21, 2010, will be a public sector holiday, as all civil servants have been given the day off so that they may attend the indigenous spiritual ceremony at the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Tiwanaku where Evo Morales will be crowned, for a second time, as Apu Mallku or Supreme Leader of the Aymara, the indigenous group to which he belongs.

It was later learned that, as per the details of the Decreto Supremo 405 (Gaceta Nro.97NEC), January 22 is to be an annual national non-working public holiday (se declara feriado con suspensión de actividades públicas y privadas a nivel nacional el día 22 de enero de cada año) to be officially named "Día de la Fundación del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia". However, after this year, this new public holiday will not make a difference until 2013, as January 22 will fall on a weekend in 2011 and 2012.

As expected, the business community is up in arms as this is the second new public holiday declared by President Morales in as many years (2009-06-18), while failing to cancel some of the public holidays that were supposed to have been canceled as per his own recently-ratified CPE constitution (2009-06-09).


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