Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City)
The government of Panama has announced that the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday, had been moved from Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, to Monday, April 30, 2012.
As per the aforementioned Decreto Ejecutivo No. 303 de 26 de abril de 2012, the declaration of Monday, April 30, 2012, as a non-working public holiday throughout Panama ("ordena el cierre de las oficinas públicas y privadas a nivel nacional"), was made to create a long weekend and thus stimulate internal tourism ("para que... se favorezca el desarrollo del turismo interno a nivel nacional y la convivencia familiar").
The government decision is based on Bill 351 which became the Ley 70 de 28 de diciembre de 2007 (30-Dec-2007, 29-Nov-2007, and 22-Nov-2007) and aims to restore bridge holidays (días puente) by moving the January 9 and November 28 annual non-working public holidays to the nearest Monday, if their set fixed date falls in the middle of the week, and giving the government discretionary power to do the same for other annual non-working public holidays ("potestad del Ejecutivo decretar días puentes sobre las fechas de fiesta o duelo").
However, until this year, the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajador), was never moved. In 2008, the idea was ruled-out outright (19-Apr-2008) and in 2009, after some hesitation (21-Apr-2009), Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, decided not to move the May 1st public holiday (24-Apr-2009).
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