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Portugal Carnival Public Holiday Rejected

Source: Assembleia da República (Lisboa)
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017


Portugal's leading coalition partner Socialists have formally announced that they were against their coalition partner's, the Greens' proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, thus killing the initiative.

Earlier this month (2017-01-02), Portugal's National Assembly had announced that it would examine a proposal by governing coalition partner, the Greens, to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, on January 11, and that the proposal would go on to a formal floor vote (2017-01-12).

Originally, the prime minister of Portugal, António Costa, had been reported as being in favor of adding Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, but eventually, the recent reintroduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal (2016-03-19, 2016-01-08 and 2012-08-01), gave him cause to reconsider.

The official Socialist Party communiqué does mention that Carnival would remain an optional public holiday for Portugal's public sector ("A tolerância de ponto que Governo e a administração pública a nível local [podem ou não dar] é suficiente para valorizar esta festividade").



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