Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social (La Paz)
Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Daniel Santalla, announced that the upcoming Easter public holidays in Bolivia would once again begin on the afternoon of Maundy Thursday, with Good Friday (April 6, 2012) having been declared a national public holiday (feriado nacional).
As per the statement released by the Bolivian Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social, the day before Good Friday will be non-working in the afternoon for both the private and public sectors, with the half-day off to be deducted from annual vacation time ("el día jueves por la tarde exista tolerancia para todos los trabajadores del sector público y privado").
Last year (20-Apr-2011), Bolivia's then Minister of Labour, Felix Rojas, had similarly announced that the 2011 Easter public holidays would begin on Thursday, April 21, 2011, but only at 16:00 (4pm in the afternoon).
The declaration of Good Friday as a national non-working public holiday in Bolivia in 2012 follows from the 2010 general announcement (29-Jan-2010) by Bolivia's Minister of the Presidency, Óscar Coca, that Bolivia's cabinet had decided to maintain all traditional Catholic public holidays, and this despite announcements by some high-level civil servants that the implementation of the new constitution (CPE) would probably mean that all the religious public holidays of Bolivia would eventually be replaced by non-religious ones (08-Apr-2009).
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