As per the statement issued by the acting undersecretary to the Government of South Sudan Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Helen Achiro Lotara, extended public holidays have been declared in South Sudan from Saturday to Tuesday, December 24-27, 2011, inclusively.
The aforementioned additional public holidays are to be observed by both the private and public sectors ("for all civil service institutions, Commissions, Diplomatic missions, Un Agencies, NGOs, and all the public").
Acting undersecretary Lotara did, however, point out that no additional day in lieu public holiday would be given on Monday, January 2, 2012, to compensate the fact that the upcoming New Year's Day annual public holiday falls on a Sunday ("the 1st of January 2012 will be declared as a public holiday as it is marking the New Year and work will resume on the 2nd of the same month").
After years of de facto independence, South Sudan became an internationally-recognized independent state this past summer (2011-07-04) following a referendum at the beginning of this year (2011-01-08).
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