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Argentina's Minister of the Interior, Florencio Randazzo, has announced that Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had signed a decree declaring 4, year-end, public holidays for Argentina's public sector.
As per the aforementioned announcement, the Government of Argentina has declared Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th and Friday, December 30th, 2011, as well as Monday, January 2nd, 2012, as non-working public holidays for Argentina's public sector, in addition to the 2012 official public holidays already announced (2011-10-15).
Note that the public holidays on December 23 and 30 are only half-day public sector holidays, beginning at noon local time ("a partir del mediodía").
Minister Randazzo stressed that these 4 additional non-working public holidays did not apply to the banking sector ("el asueto no alcanza al sector financiero ni bancario"), but urged companies in the private sector to follow suit nonetheless ("sería importante que el sector privado se adhiera a este objetivo que tiene que ver con pasar las fiestas con alegría, en familia y en paz").
This declaration of a series of year-end public sector holidays, is a relatively frequent occurrence (2010-12-11, 2009-12-22, 2008-12-10 and 2007-12-05) in Argentina, and while it usually does not affect banks and financial markets, these already have the afternoon off on both December 24 and 31, on an annual basis.
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