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Bangladesh's BNP Party Would Restore May 30 and November 7 Public Holidays

Source: The Daily Star (Dhaka)
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2008
Most recent follow-up news item: August 28, 2011

Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson, Khaleda Zia, said that if the BNP wins the upcoming December 29 election, it would restore the May 30 and November 7 public holidays, to commemorate "the anniversary of the death of founding president Ziaur Rahman" and "'National Revolution and Solidarity Day", respectively.

These 2 public holidays, particularly the one on November 7th, have been canceled and restored many times since Bangladesh independence, being restored when the BNP came to power, and canceled and replaced with a public holiday on August 15, when the AL party returned to power.

Most recently, the November 7 public holiday was canceled in 2007 by the current caretaker government (2007-11-29) after having been last restored in 2001 (2001-12-24).

Mrs. Zia did not say what would happen to the recently restored August 15 public holiday (2008-08-10) but based on past patterns, it is clear that the BNP will try to have the August 15 public holiday canceled again, although its recent restoration via a writ from Bangladesh's High Court (ie. Supreme Court) might make such a cancellation much more difficult than it was in the past.

The upcoming election was originally to be held almost 2 years ago (2007-01-12) and a more recent December 18 date was recently pushed back to December 29 (2008-11-21).

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