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Newly-elected Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, has once again decreed, year-end, public holidays for Argentina's public sector, on December 24 and 31, 2015, in addition to the previously-announced 2015 official non-working public holidays in Argentina.
As per the press communiqué which accompanied the aforementioned decree, the Government of Argentina has declared Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2015, as non-working public holidays for Argentina's public sector ("[fue fundamentada] en facilitar algunas de las medidas que se propician para paliar la emergencia energética decretada recientemente por el presidente Mauricio Macri"), in addition to the 2015 official public holidays already announced (2014-01-29).
This declaration of a series of year-end public sector holidays, is a relatively frequent occurrence (2014-12-15, 2013-12-17, 2011-12-16, 2011-12-14, 2010-12-11, 2009-12-22, 2008-12-10 and 2007-12-05) in Argentina, and while it usually does not affect banks and financial markets. These already have the afternoon off on both December 24 and 31, on an annual basis.
But, contrary to previous years (2014-12-15 and 2013-12-17), the aforementioned decree declares Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2015, as full day non-working public holidays for Argentina's public sector ("a fin de facilitar las clásicas reuniones familiares que se realizan en dichas fechas, se estima procedente posibilitar el acercamiento de quienes, por diversas causas, se domicilian lejos de sus seres queridos").
An interesting start for President Macri who, during the recent election campaign, had indicated that public holidays in Argentina had not been good for the country ("el tema de los feriados no fue bueno para el país").
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