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Chilean President, Sebastián Piñera, has signed into law Law 20.450 which declares finally and officially Friday and Monday, September 17 and 20, 2010, as additional public holidays.
The aforementioned bill dates from a year ago (2009-05-29), when a group of Chilean parliamentarians from the UDI, PPD, as well as some independents, introduced legislation (Boletín 6483-17) that would make Friday, September 17, and Monday, September 20, 2010, one-off public holidays, to compensate the fact that, in 2010, Chile is celebrating its bicentennial, and that this year's 2-day annual fiestas patrias (September 18-19) fall on a Saturday and a Sunday.
Earlier this month (2010-07-07), Chile's Chamber of Deputies had finally approved the amended Bicentennial Public Holidays Bill approved by the Senate a couple of weeks before (2010-06-30).
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