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Senegalese President, Macky Sall, has signed an executive decree declaring the Magal de Touba as an annual non-working public holiday in Sénégal ("décret instituant le Magal comme jour férié, chômé et payé").
At the beginning of last year (2012-01-11), former Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade had declared that, Thursday, January 12, 2012, the date of the Magal de Touba, would be for the first time a non-working public holiday in Sénégal.
Then, last month (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").
However, both declarations were one-off and limited to then upcoming Magal de Touba and made no mention of what would happen in the future.
The Magal de Touba is expected to occur a second time in 2013, on December 21.
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