Source:Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste (Dili)
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: August 18, 2020
The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to declare an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste on Thursday August 20, 2015, for the "celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of National Liberation of Timor-Leste" (FALINTIL).
As per the aforementioned announcement, this one-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste on Thursday August 20, 2015, is granted to mark "the 40th anniversary of FALINTIL - Forces representing the armed front of the struggle for liberation and whose history is celebrated through a program that will have its highest point on August 20".
Five years ago (2010-08-18), the government of Timor Leste had declared Friday, August 20, 2010, the date of the 35th anniversary of the Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste (FALINTIL) as a one-off public holiday, and since then it has declared August 20 a one-off non-working public holiday in East Timor almost every year (2014-08-13 and 2013-08-16).
According to the Secretariat of State of the Council of Ministers of Timor Leste, this decision is based on law No.10/2005, which overhauled Timor Leste's public holidays (2005-08-12) and is in addition to the list of official public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2015, which was announced at the beginning of this year (2015-02-27).
August 20, the Day of the Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste (FALINTIL) is already included in subparagraph 5.1of the 2005 law No.10/2005 but, technically, all the dates listed in Article 5 are labeled as "Official Commemorative Dates" and the aforementioned public holidays bill clearly specifies that these are not annual non-working public holidays ("The dates provided for in subarticle 5.1 and 5.2 are not considered holidays").
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