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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 21, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---The Solomon Islands government has decided not to add any more public holidays next month, during the time the inaugural Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival, the National Trade Show and the 20th Independence Anniversary celebrations are scheduled to take place.

The government's cash flow problem is the main reason for deciding against an additional public holiday.

A spokesman for the Special Duties Section in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Polycarp Kaelafa, said it would be uneconomical to add another day to the two official holidays on July 6 and 7.

Two days off in a row are sufficient, Kaelafa said, as public holidays often have adverse economic effects, especially in the private sector.

Another factor leading to a decision against a third July holiday, Kaelafa said, was that the government's normal payday falls during the week of July 5, and pay officers are required to process salaries.

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