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Bahamas Public Holiday January 10

Source: The Government of the Bahamas (Nassau)
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016


The Government of the Bahamas has released a Cabinet Office Public Notice to advise the population of the Bahamas that, contrary to earlier announcements, the forthcoming public holiday commemorating Majority Rule will be observed on the actual anniversary date, namely, Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

A couple of years ago (2013-01-09), the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Gladstone Christie, had announced that the Bahamas Cabinet would consider declaring January 10 as a new "Majority Rule" annual non-working public holiday in the Bahamas, starting in 2014, as "Majority Rule is arguably the most important event in the country's history with the exception of the Abolition of Slavery and Independence". The bill was introduced into Parliament a couple of months later (2013-04-11 and 2013-05-02) and the house debate on the bill to make Majority Rule Day a public holiday was wrapped-up the following month (2013-05-06), and subsequently, Prime Minister Christie announced final passage of the bill "to amend the pubic holidays act to create 10th January as Majority Rule Day and a public holiday" with the first occurrence on January 10 (2014-01-03), but last year's on January 11 (2016-01-07), thus the confusion address by the aforementioned Cabinet Office Public Notice.


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