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Lebanon Call For September 1st Public Holiday

Source: The Daily Star (Beirut)
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013


Following last week's declaration of Thursday, February 14, 2013, as a non-working public holiday to, once more, commemorate the anniversary of the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Baabda MP Alain Aoun has proposed that September 1st be made into an annual non-working public holiday in Lebanon to commemorate all assassinated political leaders in the country.

The aforementioned proposal to declare September 1st an annual non-working public holiday in Lebanon is in response to the semi-systematic declaration of February 14 every year as a non-working public holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (2013-02-08, 2012-02-08, 2011-02-10, 2009-02-10, 2008-02-09, and 2007-02-13).

As per the communique, "September 1 of every year should be considered an official public holiday in honor of all the martyrs [and] I suggest the public holiday be on September 1, the day Greater Lebanon was [created] on September 1st, 1920". This generic public holiday would commemorate Rafik Hariri as well as other assassinated Lebanese leaders such as Bashir Gemayel, Rene Moawad, Riad Solh and Rashid Karami.



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