Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City)
The government of Panama, through its vice-minister of Labour, Zulphy Santamaría, ruled-out, either moving the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday of Panama from Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, to Monday, April 30, 2018, or the declaration of a bridge one-off non-working public holiday on Monday, April 30, 2018.
The government decision is based on Bill 351 which became the Ley 70 de 28 de diciembre de 2007 (30-Dec-2007, 29-Nov-2007, and 22-Nov-2007) and aimed to restore bridge holidays (días puente) by moving the January 9 and November 28 annual non-working public holidays to the nearest Monday, if their set fixed date falls in the middle of the week, and giving the government discretionary power to do the same for other annual non-working public holidays ("potestad del Ejecutivo decretar días puentes sobre las fechas de fiesta o duelo").
However, until a five years ago (18-Apr-2013 and 27-Apr-2012), the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajador), had never before been moved. In 2008, the idea was ruled-out outright (19-Apr-2008) and in 2009, after some hesitation (21-Apr-2009), Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, decided not to move the May 1st public holiday (24-Apr-2009). Similarly, a move of the May 1st annual Panama public holiday was rejected for the next 2 years (27-Apr-2015 and 29-Apr-2014), though it was moved 2 years ago (31-Mar-2016).
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