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Lebanon Public Holiday February 14

Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms (Republic of Lebanon)
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: February 10, 2014

The Government of Lebanon, through a statement by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, has declared Tuesday, February 14, 2012, as a non-working public holiday for both the private and public sectors to commemorate the anniversary of the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The date of February 14, the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has been declared a public holiday almost every year since his assassination (2007-02-13, 2008-02-09, 2009-02-10, and 2011-02-10), with February 14 falling on a Sunday in 2010.

In the past, expecting this trend to last was risky, as a return to a pro-Syrian government would surely have seen the end of this public holiday. However, with the recent events in Syria, it seems unlikely that Syria will soon again be able to meddle effectively in the internal affairs of Lebanon, so this public holiday's future seems more certain than it was last year.

The aforementioned Tuesday, February 14, 2012, non-working public holiday was not included in the list of official 2012 Lebanese public holidays, published at the end of last year (2011-11-30 and 2011-12-15).

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