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Bolivia Adds Annual October 17 Public Holiday

Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz)
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: February 2, 2021

The Bolivian Senate has passed a bill that declares October 17 as a new annual public holiday, National Dignity Day, with the suspension of public and private activities "in memory and recognition of those who lost their lives in the Gas War whose strength and sacrifice allowed the recovery of natural resources and the consolidation of the Plurinational State of Bolivia".

The aforementioned addition of a new, October 17, annual public holiday, comes a decade after the last 2 changes to the list of Bolivian public holidays, when Bolivia's then Deputy Minister of Labour, Felix Rojas, ratified a confirmation of January 22 and June 21 as annual non-working public holidays in Bolivia (2011-01-13).

Originally (2009-06-18), when the Government of Bolivia passed the Decreto Supremo Nº 173 declaring that the Indigenous New Year, on June 21, would henceforth be an annual public holiday in Bolivia, many eastern provinces refused to observe the holiday arguing that this was a holiday limited to the Andean region from which the current President, Evo Morales, hailed. but, the following year (2010-06-09), Bolivia's Ministry of Labour announced that the upcoming, June 21, Año Nuevo Aymara public holiday would henceforth be observed by both the private and public sectors, nationwide.

For its part, January 22 had initially been declared a one-off public holiday to coincide with Juan Evo Morales Ayma's second inauguration as President of Bolivia (2010-01-20), and later the Decreto Supremo 405 (Gaceta Nro.97NEC), made January 22 into an annual national non-working public holiday (se declara feriado con suspensión de actividades públicas y privadas a nivel nacional el día 22 de enero de cada año) to be officially named "Día de la Fundación del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia".

The new October 17 public holiday still needs to be ratified by Bolivian President, Jeanine Áñez, but both houses have indicated that they would gazette the law anyways, even if President Áñez refuses to sign it into law ("La norma deberá ser promulgada por la presidenta Jeanine Áñez en el lapso de 10 días. Sin embargo, si no lo hace, la presidenta del Senado, Eva Copa, la promoverá.").

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