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Iraq Overhauls List Of Public Holidays

Source: Asia Times
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2008
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Iraq has overhauled its list of public holidays, removing 3 public holidays that were indirect reminders of Sadam Hussein, created a new national day on October 3, and added 2 new Shiite holidays. In addition, Iraq's parliament passed a law to change the national flag.

In 2003, Iraq's new governing council had voted to scrap 2 of the holidays associated with Saddam Hussein; the one on July 14, the anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958, and the one on July 17, the anniversary of Saddam's Ba'ath party revolution (2003-07-14).

Interestingly enough, this latest revision does re-instate the July 14 public holiday, albeit in a more generic fashion than before 2003.

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