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Chile Switches To September 17 Bicentennial Public Holiday

Source: Cámara de Diputados de Chile (Santiago)
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Comisión de Gobierno Interior de la Cámara de Diputados of Chile's Congress has approved a bill submitted by DC parliamentarian Ricardo Rincón (Boletín 6929-06) which would declare Friday, September 17, 2010, as a one-off public holiday, instead of the recently proposed date of Monday, September 20, 2010.

Last week (2010-05-04), Chile's President, Sebastián Piñera, had sent another bill (Boletín 6919-06) to Chile's Congress to make Monday, September 20, 2010, a one-off public holiday to compensate the fact that this year's 2-day annual Independence public holidays falls on a Saturday and a Sunday.

A year ago (2009-05-29), similar legislation was introduced (Boletín 6483-17) that would have made both Friday, September 17, and Monday, September 20, 2010, one-off public holidays, but following this year's earthquake, the idea of declaring 2 additional public holidays quickly lost traction, despite official reassurances to the contrary (2010-03-17).

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