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Liberia Mulls 2 New Muslim Public Holidays

Source: Legislature of Liberia Senate (Monrovia)
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016


The Liberian Senator for Nimba County, Prince Yormie Johnson, has submitted, for enactment, a bill calling for the declaration of 2 new Muslim non-working public holidays in Liberia, one public holiday to be observed in Liberia for the End of Ramadan and another public holiday to be observed in Liberia for the "Feast of Abraham (Lungee)" (better known as the Feast of sacrifice or Eid al-Adha).

Following the above announcement that Senator Johnson had submitted a bill calling for the declaration of 2 new Muslim non-working public holidays in Liberia, a motion to accept Senator Johnson's communication for discussion upon the return the of Senators from their constitutional break, was filed by Maryland county Senator, Gblebo Brown.

Over the years, there have been recurring calls for Muslim public holidays to be added to the list of official Liberian public holidays (2009-09-02, 2008-01-04 and 2006-07-01), and 5 years ago (2011-10-06), Liberian Senator, John Akel Ballout, even introduced a bill in the Liberian Legislature that would have made the "End of Ramadan" an official non-working public holiday in Liberia.

Note that Senator Prince Yormie Johnson is neither a Prince (Prince is his given name), nor is he related to the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.


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