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Guinea-Bissau President Calls For Fewer Public Holidays

Source: Assembleia Nacional Popular da República da Guiné-Bissau (Bissau)
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, has announced that he would soon propose a reduction in the number of annual public holidays in Guinea-Bissau ("As President of the Republic, I have already spoken to the Government to propose the reduction of many holidays, because we need to work").

Asked by the press to elaborate, President Sissoco Embaló went on to affirm that many of the holidays that were once celebrated were no longer marked after the country's opening to multiparty politics.

He also stated that he intended to stop day in lieu Monday public holidays ("For example, in Guinea-Bissau, when the holiday is on Sunday people are not going to work on Monday, it will end"), contrary to what our understanding of the law regulating public holidays in Guinea-Bissau, namely articles 68-71 of the Labour Code (Lei Geral do Trabalho, Lei no.2 de 5 de Abril 1986).

It is not clear what prompted the above drive to reduce the number of public holidays in Guinea-Bissau, as the list is modest, by international standards, and it is rarely tweaked (2015-05-26).

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