Bolivian Cancellation Of January 22 Public Holiday Update
Source:Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz)
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2020 Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Bolivia's Minister of Labor, Óscar Mercado, has indicated that cancelling the January 22, annual public holiday, celebrating Evo Morales' second inauguration as President of Bolivia, was not a priority ("por ahora no es prioridad, el análisis sobre si se suspenderá o se dará continuidad el feriado del 22 de enero, día que se festeja la fundación del Estado Plurinacional").
Ten years ago (2010-01-20), January 22, was declared a one-off public holiday, the "Día de la Fundación del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia", to coincide with Juan Evo Morales Ayma's second inauguration as President of Bolivia. The January 22 public holiday was confirmed as an annual non-working public holiday for both the private and public sectors, nationwide ("se declaró feriado nacional con la suspensión de actividades públicas y privadas de todo el territorio nacional"), the following year (2011-01-13), with a confirmation, a year later (2012-01-05) that the January 22 public holiday of Bolivia would follow the day in lieu system, as had recently been done (2011-12-21), when the government of Bolivia declared an additional one-off non-working public holiday throughout Bolivia, due to the January 22 annual public holiday falling on a Sunday in the calendar year 2012.
Earlier this year (2019-02-19), Bolivian presidential candidate, Oscar Ortiz, has announced that, if elected, he would move to cancel the January 22, annual public holiday, celebrating Evo Morales' second inauguration as President of Bolivia, with one on February 21, commemorating the victory of the "No" in the constitutional referendum, lost by Evo Morales in his attempt to run for a 3rd term, referendum whose outcome he ignored to run for a 3rd term and then currently attempt a fourth term.
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