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Argentina Considers Weeklong Public Holidays

Source: Ministerio del Interior (República Argentina)
Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: March 26, 2012

The government of Argentina is once again considering declaring the entire semana santa (the week leading up to Easter Sunday) as non-working public holidays throughout Argentina.

The reason for the aforementioned possibility of a period of public holidays from Saturday, March 31, to Sunday, April 8, 2012, is that the annual April 2 Malvinas public holidays will fall during the holy week in 2012, meaning that combined with the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday annual public holidays, only 2 working days will remain in that week.

The same issue arose a few years ago (2007-03-18) when Easter Sunday also fell on April 8. At that time, then President Nestor Kirchner had decided not to declare a full week of public holidays. But, in 2012, Argentina's President is Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and since taking office she has been much more profigliate with the declaration of additional public holidays (2011-12-23, 2011-12-14, 2010-12-11, 2010-11-04, 2010-11-03, 2010-05-04, 2010-01-17, 2009-12-22, 2008-12-18, 2008-12-10, 2008-10-01).

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