Paraguay Senate Votes Public Holidays Legislation Amendments
Source:Presidencia de la República del Paraguay (Asunción)
Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Paraguay's Senate has approved a bill which would repeal the Ley No.1723/2001, "Que autoriza al Poder Ejecutivo a trasladar los feriados nacionales al día lunes" which gives Paraguay's President the power to move some of Paraguay's annual non-working public holidays to a nearby Monday.
The Ley No.1723/2001 (2001-06-29) gives Paraguay's President the power to move some of Paraguay's annual non-working public holidays to a nearby Monday, with the provisos that any such change needs to be announced 6 months before the beginning of the calendar year of the moved public holiday, and that the law not apply to the following public holidays: January 1st, May 15, December 8, and December 25 (as well as the obvious Maundy Thursday and Good Friday public holidays).
However, for the first 10 years after its passage, and despite regular calls for the executive to avail itself of its prerogative (2010-09-23 and 2008-07-26), the provisions of law 1723/01 were rarely used before 2012 (2012-07-24). But, since then, there have been public holidays moved to a nearby Monday, every year (2013-01-03, 2014-01-10, 2014-12-18, 2015-12-10), without any noticeable resistance.
Until this year (2016-11-22), when the inclusion of August 15 in the list of the 2017 public holidays of Paraguay raised traditionalists' hackles forcing President Horacio Cartes to issue Decree No. 6382, amending Article 1 of the earlier Decree No. 6292 of November 17, 2016, ("por el que se modifica el artículo 1° del Decreto N° 6292 del 17 de noviembre de 2016"), so that August 15, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday in Paraguay in 2017, after all (2016-11-28).
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