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Ecuador Clarifies December 30-31 Public Holidays

Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica (ANDES)
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism has issued a statement confirming the previously-announced December 30 and 31, 2019, public sector holidays in Ecuador, and finally specifying which dates would be compensatory working Saturdays in the calendar year 2020.

The December 30 and 31, 2019, public sector holidays were part of the Decreto No.858, signed in 2015 by former president, Rafael Correa, and which specified the dates of the annual non-working public holidays in Ecuador, one-off public holidays in Ecuador, and moveable public holidays in Ecuador, for the then upcoming 5-year period covering the calendar years 2016-2017-2018-2019-2020 (2015-12-29).

However, barely a year after signing the Decreto No.858 which fixed the dates of the public holidays in Ecuador for the calendar years 2016-2020, President Correa, then signed into law the Suplemento Registro Oficial No.906 (2016-12-21, 2016-12-13, 2016-10-16), which amended 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").

As the 2015 Decreto No.858 was never abrogated, the official public holidays of Ecuador are currently based on both the 2015 Decreto No.858 as well as the 2016 Suplemento Registro Oficial No.906.

To add to the confusion, since his assumption of power, the current President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno Garcés, has tampered a few times with the rules governing the public holidays of Ecuador (2019-04-29, 2019-04-25, 2017-03-29, 2018-04-26).

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