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Peru Declares 4 Electoral Public Holidays

Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima)
Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011

The government of Peru has issued an executive decree (Decreto Supremo) which declares the 4-day period from Friday, June 3, until Monday, June 6, 2011, inclusively, as public holidays on account of the electoral second round on June 5.

Although the decree specifies that these public holidays apply to all sectors of the society ("los trabajadores del sector público y privado no laborarán los días viernes 3, sábado 4, domingo 5 y lunes 6 de junio para que puedan votar en la segunda vuelta del 5 de junio"), it goes on to state that it only applies to employees who must travel to another state to vote ("solo rige para los trabajadores que sufragan en una provincia distinta a la que trabajan"), something that is quite common in Latin America where many work far from their family's residence.

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