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Panama May 4 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City)
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015


The Department of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the Presidency of Panama, has announced that it has once again ruled-out a move of the upcoming May 1st annual Panamanian non-working public holiday, from Friday, May 1st, 2015, to Monday, May 4, 2015.

Last year, the government of Panama had considered moving the 2014 Labour Day from Thursday, May 1st, 2014, to Monday, May 5, 2014, but in the end ruled it out (2014-04-29), apparently at the time, as May 4th, 2014, was an election day in Panama.

The possibility of moving the May 1st Panamanian public holiday would have been based on Bill 351 which became the Ley 70 de 28 de diciembre de 2007 (2007-12-30, 2007-11-29, and 2007-11-22) and aims to restore bridge holidays (días puente) by moving the January 9 and November 28 annual non-working public holidays to the nearest Monday, if their set fixed date falls in the middle of the week, and giving the government discretionary power to do the same for other annual non-working public holidays ("potestad del Ejecutivo decretar días puentes sobre las fechas de fiesta o duelo").

However, this was done only twice in recent years (2013-04-18 and 2012-04-27), when the government of Panama moved the Labour Day, non-working public holiday to Monday, April 30, 2012, and to Monday, April 29, 2013, the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajador). Prior to that, it had never been moved. In 2008, the idea was ruled-out outright (2008-04-19) and in 2009, after some hesitation (2009-04-21), Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, decided not to move the May 1st public holiday (2009-04-24).


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