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Iraqi Mulls Public Holidays Overhaul Again
(Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016)

Source: Al Sumaria News (Baghdad)

The Committee Chairman of Iraq's Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, has announced that it was in the process of drafting yet another piece of legislation which would overhaul the public holidays law in Iraq.

Shortly after the fall of Sadam Hussein (14-Jul-2003), Iraq's new governing council had scrapped 2 of the annual public holidays associated with Saddam Hussein; the July 14 anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958, and July 17 anniversary of the Ba'ath party revolution.

Five years later (08-Feb-2008), Iraq overhauled its list of public holidays, removing 3 public holidays that were indirect reminders of Sadam Hussein, creating a new national day on October 3, and adding 2 new Shiite holidays... and re-instating the July 14 public holiday canceled in 2003.

Most recently (07-Mar-2012), the Iraqi parliament had introduced legislation also aimed at overhauling and simplifying the official list of non-working public holidays in Iraq. In that legislation, which came to naught, would have guaranteed 15 to 20 religious and national non-working public holidays a year in Iraq.

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Iraq 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
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Iraq 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
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 2012-03-07: Iraqi Public Holidays Overhaul Update
 2008-02-08: Iraq Overhauls List Of Public Holidays
 2003-07-14: Iraq Scraps Public Holidays Associated With Saddam

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