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Natl Heroes and Majority Rule laws to come into force

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 10, 2013

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The National Heroes Act and the Majority Rule Act will come into force on Friday, creating two new public holidays.

The National Heroes Act makes National Heroes Day a public holiday and will replace Discovery Day.

“This act also creates the formal machinery for the selection and recognition of our national heroes,” said Prime Minister Perry Christie in the House of Assembly.

“This, of course, is the group of persons, be they living or dead, for whom the nation’s highest honors will be reserved.”

Christie said an advisory committee will be created to identify people who will be named national heros.

Christie said the committee will have seven members, including two from each house of Parliament.

He said the group will be made up of government and opposition members.

The Majority Rule Act makes January 10 — the anniversary of majority rule — a public holiday.

Christie said there is no other event in Bahamian history as important as majority rule and added that the moment eclipses independence and the abolition of slavery.

A ceremony at Government House will mark the coming into force of the new laws.

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