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Senegal Magal Public Holiday Bill Approved

Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal (Dakar)
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013


The Senegalese Parliament has approved the recent bill which will finally declare the Magal de Touba as an annual non-working public holiday in Senegal ("jour férié, chômé et payé").

Late last month (2013-10-29), the Prime Minister of Senegal, Aminata Touré, and her government finally drafted legislation declaring the Magal de Touba as an annual non-working public holiday in Senegal.

After years of hesitation (2007-03-09, 2009-11-26, 2011-01-22, and 2011-10-26), the Magal de Touba was declared a one-off public holiday in Senegal for the first time in 2012, albeit after a lot of last-minute delays (2011-11-15, 2011-12-17, and 2012-01-11). After similar delays, for 2013, the Magal de Touba was once again declared a one-off public holiday in Senegal (2012-11-02 and 2012-12-07).

Then, after the elections (2012-12-07), the Senegalese Cabinet of Ministers approved a decree declaring Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, the date of the first Magal de Touba of 2013, as a non-working public holiday throughout Sénégal ("déclaré férié, chômé et payé, la journée célébrant le Grand Magal de Touba édition 2013").


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