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The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued a communiqué confirming that, as per the current Dominican Republic public holidays legislation, the upcoming Día de la Independencia Nacional public holiday would be observed as a non-working public holiday on its set date of February 27, 2013, in the Dominican Republic.
The aforementioned announcement ("El Ministerio de Trabajo informó que la festividad del Día de la Independencia Nacional, es inamovible, por lo que será celebrado mañana 27 de febrero") is in line with last fall's official listing of public holidays in the Dominican Republic for the calendar year 2013 (2012-11-27), and with the mid-nineties (1997-06-19) "Ley No. 139-97 mediante la cual los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes y miércoles, jueves o viernes serán trasladados de fecha" which moves some of the fixed-date mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday, though it excludes the following public holidays from its scope: January 1st, January 21, February 27, August 16 (on any inauguration year), September 24, and December 25.
In addition, a few years ago (2008-02-21), the Dominican Republic's Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional, articles 1-2-4 of law 139-97 (1997-06-19), which move the August 16 Restoration Day public holiday to the following Monday, whenever it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. This ruling began to have a concrete effect, for the first time 2 years ago (2011-08-14).
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