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Mauritania Reverts To Saturday/Sunday Weekends

Source: Mauritanian News Agency (Noakchott)
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014
Most recent follow-up news item: December 21, 2021

Following yesterday's meeting of the Council of Ministers of Mauritania, the Ministre de la Fonction publique, du Travail et de la Modernisation de l'Administration, Seyedna Ali Ould Mohamed Khouna, announced that the weekly day of rest in Mauritania would be moved back from Friday to Sunday, with Saturday being an additional day of rest (jour de repos supplémentaire), effective as of October 1st, 2014.

This is the 5th time that Mauritania changes its definition of the weekend, since it gained independence in 1960.

In the 2 decades following its independence, Mauritania's week-ends were Saturday/Sunday. In 1983, president Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla then changed Mauritania's week-ends to Thursday/Friday.

In 2001 (2001-03-14), then Prime Minister, Sghaïr Ould Mbareck, changed Mauritania's week-ends to Friday/Saturday. In 2005, president Maaouya Ould Taya changed the week-end in Mauritania back to Saturday and Sunday (2005-03-08). In late 2007, a cabinet decision, once again changed the week-end back to Friday/Saturday (2007-12-13).

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