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The Prime Minister of Armenia, Hovik Abrahamyan, has confirmed that the upcoming year-end and Christmas 2016 non-working public holidays in Armenia would run from December 31, 2015, until January 7, 2016, and that "January 8, which is Friday, will be a working day".
Last week (2015-12-25), following its last session of the year, the Government of Armenia had announced that the upcoming New Year and Armenian Christmas 2016 non-working public holidays in Armenia would extend for 8 consecutive days, from December 31, 2015, until January 7, 2016, inclusively, and that, contrary to what was expected, and was often done in the past (2014-12-02 and 2013-11-22), there would be no bridge public holiday to link the annual January 6-7 non-working public holidays of Armenia with the subsequent weekend ("January 8, Friday, will be the first working day of 2016").
Last week's announcement represented a continuation of the Armenian government's attempts (2015-02-24) to reduce the number of non-working public holidays in Armenia, but apparently today's reconfirmation was deemed necessary as the Armenian government has often backtracked at the last moment and restored the canceled public holidays in Armenia (2015-09-10, 2015-07-11 and 2015-04-02).
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