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Uruguay Considering Reduction Of Number Of Public Holidays

Source: Presidencia de la República (República Oriental del Uruguay)
Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010

Uruguay's President, José Mujica, has indicated that the Uruguayan executive is considering the reduction of the number of official non-working public holidays in Uruguay.

Referring to the numerous and frequent debates on changes to public holidays (2010-04-16, 2008-12-12, 2006-12-21, and many more), recently-inaugurated (2010-02-28) President Mujica expressed his feeling that, in Uruguay, too much time is lost discussing public holidays ("Uruguay es un país muy peculiar, pierde mucho tiempo con el tema de los feriados").

According to the draft project issued by the Uruguayan presidency, the following annual public holidays would become regular working days: January 6, April 19, May 18, June 19, October 12, and November 2. In addition, one of the two days of Carnival would become a regular working day, and the Holy week public holidays to be reduced from 5 days to 2.

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