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Earlier tonight, the Egyptian cabinet reversed itself and decided to give state employees a one-off non-working public holiday on Monday, October 19, 2015, on account of the current Egyptian parliamentary elections, after a request made earlier today by the governor of Upper Egypt's Qena governorate Abdel Hamid El Haggan.
Earlier this week (2015-10-13), Egyptian minister of local and administrative development, Ahmed Zaki Badr, had ruled-out the declaration of one-off electoral non-working public holidays in Egypt on the days during which the upcoming parliamentary elections were to take place (October 18-19, 2015, for the first round in Egypt, and November 22-23, 2015, for the second round), except for workers at schools where polling stations are located.
Last year (2014-05-26), on the occasion of the Egyptian presidential elections, Egyptian authorities had declared, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, as a one-off additional electoral non-working public holiday in Egypt to spur voter participation on the second day of voting in the current Egyptian presidential elections. Egyptian authorities then extended voting for the 2014 presidential election to a third day but Egypt's cabinet issued a statement clarifying that Wednesday, May 28, 2014, had not been declared another one-off additional electoral non-working public holiday in Egypt, and would be a normal working day (2014-05-27).
Simialrly, for the preceding presidential election (2012-06-13), then Egyptian Prime Minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri, had declared non-working public sector holidays on June 16 and 17, 2012, on account of the second round of the 2012 presidential election, and the month before (2012-05-22), Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) had similarly announced that the date of the first round of the 2012 presidential election, Thursday, May 24, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday in Egypt.
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