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Latvian Orthodox Public Holidays Redux

Source: LETA News Agency (Riga)
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: March 8, 2018

Members of the current Latvian governing coalition have introduced into the Saeima (Latvian parliament) yet another bill that would add an additional, "à la carte", public holiday in Latvia so that each inhabitant of Latvia may choose to observe the religious holiday most important to him/her.

The aforementioned bill is a re-hash of the bill shelved last spring (2012-03-07) when Latvian Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, announced that due to a lack of consensus within Latvia's current ruling coalition parties, further debate on the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia had been "postponed indefinitely".

Although the current bill's religious intent is generic, it is clearly the latest of many repeated calls for Orthodox public holidays by Latvia's large and vocal Russian community, over the years (2012-03-02, 2012-02-25, 2011-12-01, 2009-02-13, 2009-02-05, 2003-12-24, 2003-01-16, and 2002-12-20).

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