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Ecuador Amends December 2018 Public Holidays

Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica (ANDES)
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2019


Ecuador's President, Lenín Moreno Garcés, has issued the "Decreto Ejecutivo 579" which once again break the rules set in the late 2016 overhaul of Ecuador's annual public holidays, by declaring Monday, December 24, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Ecuador, and confirming the Monday, December 31, 2018, one-off public holiday declared in late 2015.

Late last year (2016-12-21), then Ecuador President, Rafael Correa, had signed into law the legislation (Suplemento Registro Oficial No.906), amending the 2003 "Ley Orgánica de Servicio Civil y Carrera Administrativa y de Unificación y Homologación de las Remuneraciones del Sector Público" (2003-12-04), by virtue of which most Ecuadorean public holidays' day off are moved to the nearest weekend, and also applies to regional public holidays in Ecuador ("Si es un feriado local, se hace lo mismo, se cambia a lunes, se hace un puente"), which had been approved by Ecuador's legislature, a couple of weeks before (2016-12-13), and had first been mentioned by President Correa, a couple of months before that (2016-10-16), during his weekly address to the nation (Enlace Ciudadano 496), when he mentioned that he had sent a bill to the Ecuadorean Asamblea Nacional to declare as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Ecuador, the Friday before, or the Monday after, an annual non-working public holiday of Ecuador which falls on the weekend.

However, since his assumption of power, the current President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno Garcés, has already tampered twice with the rules governing the public holidays of Ecuador, when late last year (2017-03-29), he issued the "decreto presidencial número 228" which moved the Fundación de Quito annual public holiday of Ecuador, from December 8 to Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and then earlier this year (2018-04-26) when the "decreto presidencial número 379" and the "decreto presidencial número 380" once again broke the rules, by moving the 2018 Labour Day annual public holiday of Ecuador, from Monday, April 30, 2018, to Tuesday, May 1, 2018, as well as declaring Monday, April 30, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Ecuador.

One interesting aspect of today's decree is the confirmation that the one-off public holidays declared for the 2016-2020 period, announced at the end of 2015 (2015-12-29), would not be superseded by the late 2016 changes to Ecuador's public holidays.



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