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Paraguay Mid-Week Public Holidays Update

Source: ABC Digital (Asunción)
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Paraguay's Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (Senatur), Liz Crámer, has called on the government of Paraguay to follow the legislation that gives it a mandate to move mid-week non-working public holidays to adjoin a nearby weekend.

The aforementioned legislation is law 1723/01 (Que Autoriza Al Poder Ejecutivo A Trasladar Los Feriados Nacionales Al Dia Lunes) which was passed a decade ago (2001-06-29) and gives the President the authority to move certain mid-week public holidays to a nearby Monday.

The law stipulates that any such executive change should be announced at least 6 months in advance, and that the following public holidays are to remain always fixed: New Year, Independence Day, día de La Virgen de Caacupé, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

But, despite regular calls for the executive to avail itself of that prerogative (2010-09-23 and 2008-07-26), the provisions of law 1723/01 have rarely been used.

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