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Mauritania Changes Weekends To Saturday/Sunday

Source: Journal Officiel (Actes Réglementaires)
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Most recent follow-up news item: October 28, 2020

Mauritania's President, Maaouya Ould Taya, has issued a decree changing the definition of the weekend (repos hebdomadaire) from Friday/Saturday to Saturday/Sunday. The change will be effective starting on Monday, April 11, 2005.

A further decree (Décret N° 017 du 7 mars 2005, later published in the "Journal numéro : 1093- du 30/04/2005 - page 240") stipulates that the last working day under the old system, Sunday, April 10, 2005, would be a one-off public holiday.

This is the 3rd time that Mauritania changes its definition of the weekend, since it gained independence in 1960.

In the 2 decades following its independence, Mauritania's week-ends were Saturday/Sunday. In 1983, president Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla then changed Mauritania's week-ends to Thursday/Friday. More recently, in 2001 (2001-03-14), then Prime Minister, Sghaïr Ould Mbareck, changed Mauritania's week-ends to Friday/Saturday.

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