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At yesterday's National Day of Prayer, the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, announced that, henceforth, October 18 would be gazetted as an annual non-working public holiday to be observed in Zambia as the National Day of Prayer Zambian public holiday.
Although the government of Zambia often declares one-off public holidays for elections (2015-01-13, 2011-09-15 and 2008-08-26) and former presidents' funerals (2014-11-01, 2011-06-24, 2008-12-14, 2008-11-04, and 2008-08-26), the last time a new annual non-working public holiday was declared in Zambia was in 2008, when the Zambian cabinet decided to add International Women's Day to the annual list of Zambian official public holidays (2007-03-07).
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