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Bosnian January 9 Public Holiday Referendum

Source: Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina News (Sarajevo)
Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017

The National Assembly of the Republika Srpska (RS) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Banja Luka, has voted to hold a referendum on September 25, 2016, on the January 9 regional annual holiday ("Do you agree that January 9 should be marked and celebrated as the Day of Republika Srpska?"), to counteract last year's ruling by the Bosnian Constitutional Court that the January 9 public holiday in the Republika Srpska was "discriminatory and unconstitutional".

Almost 7 years ago (2009-07-18), Bosnia's Council of Ministers had approved a draft law on public holidays. But, this draft was never converted into law, and despite a second version of a draft of public holidays for Bosnia and Herzegovina, being sent by Bosnian parliament speaker, Denis Becirovic, the process of turning that draft into law stalled (2014-01-16).

Thus, all recent announcements of the annual non-working public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016-01-01, 2015-01-04, 2013-11-13 and 2012-11-10), are a patchwork of independently announced regional public holidays for the Bosnian Federation (FBiH) and the Republic of Srpska (RS).

In particular, the January 9, "Day of Republika Srpska", regional public holiday in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, marking the anniversary of the establishment of Republika Srpska in 1992, was ruled unconstitutional in November 2015 by the Bosnian Constitutional Court, though the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republika Srpska (RS) of Bosnia and Herzegovina swiftly announced (2016-01-06) that the Government of RS had nonetheless declared January 9, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in the RS part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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