Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018
Chile's Senate has voted the Boletín 11544-06 which declares Tuesday, January 16, 2018, as an additional non-working public holiday in Chile to coincide with Pope Francis' visit to Santiago, in line with what was done for the following days' visits of Pope Francis to the regions of La Araucanía and Tarapacá.
The Senate vote follows last November's (2017-11-08) vote by Chile's lower house of Parliament (Cámara de Diputados), by a vote of 84 to 4, with 14 abstentions, of the declaration of January 17 and 18, 2018, as non-working public holidays in Chile, to apply to the region of La Araucanía (January 17) and to the region of Tarapacá (January 18), thus amending the list of official non-working public holidays in Chile for the calendar year 2018, as announced early last year (2017-01-02).
The bill ("Declara feriado el día 16 de enero de 2018 en la Región Metropolitana, con motivo de la visita del Papa Francisco") now went to the Chilean President for signature into law ("En espera de promulgación"). Thia might not be a given, since no later than last month (2017-12-13), the Chief of Staff of the Chilean Presidency, Gabriel de la Fuente, had announced that the Government of Chile would not declare Tuesday, January 16, 2018, as an additional non-working public holiday in Chile to coincide with Pope Francis' visit to Santiago, contrary to what was done for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the regions of La Araucanía and Tarapacá.
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Chile Votes January 16 Public Holiday" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.