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Tajikistan's President, Emomali Rahmon, has issued a decree signing into law the public holidays amendments recently passed by Tajikistan's lower chamber of parliament (the Majlisi Namoyandagon) and which declare a new annual non-working public holiday in Tajikistan to mark the presidency of Tajikistan's longtime ruler Emomali Rakhmon.
Today's decree stems from last month's (2016-04-08) passing, by the Tajikistan's lower chamber of parliament (the Majlisi Namoyandagon), of a law amending the law "On Public Holidays of the Republic of Tajikistan", and creating a new annual non-working public holiday in Tajikistan, to mark the presidency of Tajikistan's longtime ruler Emomali Rakhmon. At the time, the proposed bill did not specify when this new annual non-working public holiday in Tajikistan would be observed, but did state that it would be called either President's Day or the Day of the Leader of the Nation.
A similar annual non-working public holiday was declared in neighboring Kazakhstan five years ago (2011-12-15 and 2011-12-11), when Kazakhstan adopted an amendment to the Kazakh law On holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan to establish a new annual state non-working public holiday in Kazakhstan, the Day of the First President of Kazakhstan, on December 1st.
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