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The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that Sunday and Monday, February 27 and 28, 2011, had been declared public sector holidays to compensate the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day public holidays occurring during the Kuwaiti weekend.
The CSC also announced that it had suggested to the government that Thursday, February 24, 2011, also be declared a public holiday as the 25th and 26th of February 2011 will see the commemoration of the 50th National Day and 20th Liberation Day, respectively. Liberation Day was changed from a public sector-only holiday to a full-fledged national public holiday in the recent revision to Kuwait's labour laws (2009-12-25).
The CSC issued a separate circular to all government authorities, declaring Thursday, February 17, 2011, as the date of the public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Prophet's Birthday. The communiqué specifies that "the birthday is actually on February 15, but the Cabinet decided to postpone the holiday by two days", a practice that is customary in Kuwait, but which has in the past caused confusion as well as resentment (2008-03-26).
Finally, the Kuwaiti cabinet, at its next meeting, is also supposed to discuss the possibility of declaring the remainder of the week culminating in the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day, to link-up with the Prophet's Birthday public holiday, and thus create a 12-day period of public holidays for the public sector of Kuwait.
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