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Turkey Adds July 15 Public Holiday

Source: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016


Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced that, from next year onward, July 15 would be observed as a non-working public holiday in Turkey to recall the aborted coup of last summer ("Every July 15 will be marked as a public holiday to commemorate our martyrs and veterans").

The last time a new annual non-working public holiday was added to the list of Turkey's annual non-working public holidays was 7 years ago (2009-04-23), when Turkey's parliament approved a bill declaring May 1st an annual public holiday, effective starting in 2009, and giving it the official name "Labor and Solidarity Day", following the preceding decision by Turkey's then Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who ordered the Minister of Employment and Social Security to announce May 1st as a public holiday, earlier that same month (2009-04-09). May 1st had been a public holiday in Turkey, called "Spring Day" from 1935 to 1980.


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