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In a communiqué released earlier this morning, the Algerian government's Direction générale de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative has announced that Thursday, May 4, 2017, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday, for both the private and public sectors, on account of the upcoming legislative elections in Algeria.
The aforementioned announcement applies to both the private and public sectors ("Une “autorisation spéciale d’absence rémunérée” a été accordée à l’ensemble des fonctionnaires et des salariés des entreprises publiques et privées, pour la journée du jeudi 4 mai afin de leur permettre d’exercer leur droit de vote"), and is in line with what was done five years ago (2012-05-05) and ten years ago (2007-05-17 and 2007-02-17), when one-off public holidays were also declared in Algeria to facilitate participation in the parliamentary elections of 2012 and 2007.
Note that since the "décret n°09-244 du 22 Juillet 2009, modifiant le décret exécutif n°97-59 du 03 Mars 1997", which went into effect on August 14, 2009, Algeria's weekends changed from the previous Thursday-Friday to the current "mixed" or "semi-universal" Friday-Saturday weekends of Algeria.
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