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Bahamas Majority Rule Public Holiday Official

Source: The Government of the Bahamas (Nassau)
Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: December 15, 2020

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, has announced final passage of last spring's bill "to amend the pubic holidays act to create 10th January as Majority Rule Day and a public holiday".

Early this year (2013-01-09), the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Gladstone Christie, had announced that the Bahamas Cabinet would consider declaring January 10 as a new "Majority Rule" annual non-working public holiday in the Bahamas, starting in 2014, as "Majority Rule is arguably the most important event in the country's history with the exception of the Abolition of Slavery and Independence". The bill was introduced into Parliament a couple of months later (2013-04-11 and 2013-05-02) and the house debate on the bill to make Majority Rule Day a public holiday was wrapped-up the following month (2013-05-06).

As per the Prime Minister's remarks made in the House, "His Excellency the Governor-General will in just a few moments from now sign into law the Majority Rule (Public Holiday) Act 2013 which will make January 10th an annual public holiday in The Bahamas, commencing with January 10th of next year.".

In addition, the Prime Minister announced that "His Excellency will also sign into law this morning the much heralded National Heroes Act 2007. This legislation will formally establish "National Heroes Day". Indeed as from this coming Monday, and thereafter on the second Monday in October of each year, we will celebrate "National Heroes Day" as a public holiday in The Bahamas.". This finally puts an end to the Bahamas Government's reluctance (2009-10-14 and 2007-09-28) to gazette the National Heroes Bill and the National Honours Bill, which were approved by both houses of Parliament, more than 6 years ago (2007-03-30).

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