Bolivian Maintains January 22 Public Holiday In 2020
Source:Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz)
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Bolivia's Minister of the Presidency, Yerko Núñez, has announced that the government of Bolivia would respect the upcoming, January 22, Day of the Plurinational State Foundation public holiday of Bolivia, although "The state apparatus will work that day, because the period is so short that we cannot miss a single day".
Last week (2020-01-03), Bolivia's Minister of Labor, Óscar Mercado, had 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").
January 22, was declared a one-off public holiday, the "Día de la Fundación del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia", 10 years ago (2010-01-20), to coincide with Juan Evo Morales Ayma's second inauguration as President of Bolivia.
The January 22 public holiday was then 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), and a further confirmation, a year later (2012-01-05) that the January 22 public holiday of Bolivia would follow the day in lieu system.
The question of the future observance of the January 22 public holiday of Bolivia is in the news as, 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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