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Portugal To Vote On Carnival Public Holiday

Source: Assembleia da República (Lisboa)
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017


Portugal's National Assembly has decided to put to a vote, on January 18, 2017, the Greens' proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal.

At the beginning of the 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.

The aforementioned proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, comes less than a year after the President of Portugal promulgated the decree restoring the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal ("Corpo de Deus, 5 de outubro, 1 de novembro e 1 de dezembro") which had been canceled as part of the 2011 austerity package (2012-08-01), then restored (2016-03-19 and 2016-01-08) following the surprise accession of Portugal's Socialists to power (2016-01-08, 2015-12-19 and 2015-11-11).

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 the support of the Portuguese Socialist block in Parliament is no longer certain.


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