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Bolivia Adds Annual October 18 Holiday

Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz)
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Bolivian cabinet of ministers has approved the Supreme Decree No. 4459 which declares October 18 as a new annual holiday, the Day for the Recovery of Intercultural Democracy (Día de la Recuperación de la Democracia) to commemorate last year's victory by the candidate of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) of the 2020 Bolivian presidential election.

The decree's preamble states that as "result of the general elections held on October 18, 2020, the constitutional democratic order was reestablished and with this the de facto and authoritarian regime was left in the past", and its unique article reads "It is declared on October 18 of each year, as 'DAY OF RECOVERY OF INTERCULTURAL DEMOCRACY', throughout the territory of the Plurinational State of Bolivia".

What the decree does not specify is whether October 18 will be a non-working public holiday in the future in Bolivia.

Recall that, last autumn (2020-10-14), the Bolivian Senate passed a bill that declared 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".

At the time, both houses indicated that they would gazette the law anyways, even if President Áñez refused to sign it into law, but since then, there have been no more news of that October 17 National Dignity Day public holiday.

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