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The Algerian government has confirmed that Thursday, May 10, 2012, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday, on account of the upcoming elections.
The aforementioned announcement applies to both the private and public sectors ("Cette décision concerne également les personnels des entreprises publiques et privées tous secteurs et statuts juridiques confondus, y compris les personnels payés à l'heure ou à la journée").
The issue recently cropped-up (2012-05-03) because, in the past, Thursday polling days coincided with the Algerian weekend. However, since then (2009-07-24), Algeria changed its weekends from Thursday-Friday to the "mixed" or "semi-universal" Friday-Saturday weekend.
Five years ago (2007-05-17 and 2007-02-17), a one-off public holiday was also declared in Algeria to facilitate participation in those parliamentary elections.
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