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Paraguayan February 3 Public Holiday Stalled

Source: Honorable Cámara de Diputados del Paraguay (Asunción)
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014


The Senate of Paraguay has rejected the "Proyecto de Ley "Que modifica el artículo 1º de la ley 1.601/00, Que modifica y amplía la Ley 715/95, que a su vez modifica y amplía la ley 08/90, por la cual se determinan los feriados de la República" which was passed last year by the lower house of Paraguay and which would have declared February 3 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Paraguay.

Apparently, the reason for the Senate's rejection of the bill is that it would have added an annual non-working public holiday to the calendar of annual public holidays in Paraguay. The bill goes back to the lower house where, it may be amended by removing one of the other annual non-working public holidays in Paraguay to compensate the addition of February 3 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Paraguay.

Today's result follows upon last January's admission (2014-01-22) that the bill to declare February 3 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Paraguay, under the name "Día de la democracia paraguaya", would mechanically not be passed in time for February 3, 2014.

The aforementioned bill ("Proyecto de Ley Que modifica el artículo 1º de la ley 1.601/00, Que modifica y amplía la Ley 715/95, que a su vez modifica y amplía la ley 08/90, por la cual se determinan los feriados de la República") was introduced last month (2013-09-10) in Paraguay's lower house of parliament (Cámara de Diputados) to declare February 3 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Paraguay, would do so under the name "Día de la democracia paraguaya" to mark the anniversary of the departure of former president Stroessner, rather than a public holiday for San Blás, the patron saint of Paraguay.

Last fall (2013-10-11), Paraguay's lower house of parliament (Cámara de Diputados) had approved this bill to add February 3 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Paraguay, and the bill, having now been approved by Paraguay's lower house of parliament, moved to the Senate.

A similar bill (2010-12-21), had been approved in its first reading (2011-01-29), and would have restored the February 3, San Blas (patron saint of Paraguay) public holiday which was dropped from the list of official public holidays in Paraguay in 1995. However that earlier bill had eventually been rejected by Paraguay's lower house of parliament (Cámara de Diputados), in its second reading (2011-09-10).

Attempts to restore the February 3 public holiday, have become somewhat of an annual tradition (2009-01-19 and 2006-02-04), ever since the San Blas public holiday was dropped from the list of official public holidays in Paraguay in 1995.



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