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Late last night, Madagascar's Conseil de Gouvernement issued a decree declaring Friday, June 3, 2011, as a paid one-off bridge public holiday throughout Madagascar.
The aforementioned Décret N°2011-260, déclarant chômée et payée la journée du 03 Juin 2011, thus creates a 4-day public holiday when combined with the upcoming weekend and the annual Ascension Day public holiday on Thursday, June 2, 2011.
This year's official list of Madagascar public holidays (2011-01-15), as was the case last year (2010-01-20), did not include, or even refer to, any one-off bridge public holiday, contrary to what was done in the preceding years (2009-01-13, 2008-01-16 and 2007-01-09).
Even in 2009, when a public holiday was not initially declared for the Friday after Ascension Day (2009-01-13), Madagascar's transitional government (Haute autorité de la transition, aka. HAT) eventually relented and declared Friday, May 22, 2009, a one-off bridge public holiday (2009-05-20). This was repeated in 2010, when the government of Madagascar declared Friday, May 14, 2010, a one-off bridge public holiday (2010-05-12).
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