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Idea to make 11 November a holiday instead of 1 May submitted to Saeima

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1 May, 11 November, holiday, Latvia, National Alliance, importantOn Thursday, 7 November, Latvia’s Saeima submitted to the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee amendments to the Law on Holidays, which propose making 11 November a holiday and taking away holiday status from 1 May.

43 deputies voted in favour of this, 23 deputies voted against, and another five deputies abstained in the vote. Results of the vote showed there is no unity on such a proposal.

Nearly all members of KPV LV and Harmony deputies voted against submitting the proposal to Saeima’s committee. Politicians from New Unity abstained in the vote.

The proposal itself was submitted by members of the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK».

The political party submitted a legislative draft to the Saeima Praesidium in which a proposal is detailed to make 11 November an official holiday. According to the party, the importance of 11 November has expanded since 1990.

The explanation document mentions that 11 November is associated with a number of traditional events – both official and organized by social groups. This is why making this day a holiday would help people who are normally in school or at work to participate in events.

At the same time, the party proposes excluding 1 May from the list of holidays and instead putting it on the list of commemorative days.

«Thereby 11 November becoming a holiday will not increase the total number of holidays. This means there will be no negative effect on the number of work days a year and budget revenue,» explains the party.


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