No holiday on country’s first anniversary

POSTED: 09/30/11 1:09 PM

St. Maarten – October 10, 2011 will not be a public holiday and civil servants will not get the day off. However the government is planning an official celebration to mark the first anniversary of St. Maarten becoming a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“It will be a normal working day and we have not given the civil servants off,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said.

The Council of Ministers has not had the discussion on making the day a holiday. Part of that discussion will be which current holiday will be swapped for the new holiday.

“We have not had that particular discussion in terms of exchanging it one for another I wanted to bring it up and it slipped me but I do not exclude that the discussion could take place, but right now it has not been declared a public holiday,” Wescot-Williams said.

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