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Paraguay Maintains August 15 Public Holiday

Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay (Asunción)
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014

The Paraguayan head of presidential decrees, Edgar Rodas, has released another communique confirming that, notwithstanding the Decreto Presidencial N° 9393, the upcoming Día de la fundación de Asunción Paraguayan annual non-working public holiday would remain on its set date of Friday, August 15, 2014.

The aforementioned announcement, in contrast to the 2 most recent ones (2014-06-04 and 2014-04-29), was issued in the context of the major changes to Paraguay public holidays of 2 years ago (2012-08-03), and re-confirmed last year (2013-01-03), when Paraguay's president, Federico Franco, issued an executive decree agreeing to the proposal by Paraguay's Senatur, to avail himself of the powers given to the presidency a decade ago, and move some of the 2013 mid-week public holidays to a nearby Monday.

The Decreto presidencial N° 9393 finally implemented the Ley 1723 del 29 de junio de 2001 (Que Autoriza Al Poder Ejecutivo A Trasladar Los Feriados Nacionales Al Dia Lunes) which gives the president of Paraguay the authority to move any, or all, mid-week public holidays to a nearby Monday (except New Year, Independence Day, día de La Virgen de Caacupé, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday).

Despite its passage over a decade ago (2001-06-29), and regular calls for the executive to avail itself of its prerogative (2010-09-23 and 2008-07-26), the provisions of law 1723/01 have rarely been used. However, 2 years ago (2012-07-24), a renewed call to action by Paraguay's Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (Senatur), Liz Crámer, seems to have finally prodded the executive into action, although, as today's announcement shows, the process is not systematic.

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