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The government of the Republika Srpska (RS) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Banja Luka, has proclaimed Monday, January 9, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in the Republika Srpska as a secular event without religious connotations, to heed the ruling of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court ruling about the law in its original form.
Almost 7 years ago (2009-07-18), Bosnia's Council of Ministers had approved a draft law on public holidays. But, this draft was never converted into law, and thus, all announcements of the annual non-working public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina since then (2017-01-02, 2016-01-01, 2015-01-04, 2013-11-13 and 2012-11-10), were a patchwork of independently announced regional public holidays for the Bosnian Federation (FBiH) and the Republic of Srpska (RS).
The January 9, "Day of Republika Srpska", regional public holiday in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, marking the anniversary of the establishment of Republika Srpska in 1992, was ruled unconstitutional in November 2015 by the Bosnian Constitutional Court, but the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republika Srpska (RS) of Bosnia and Herzegovina swiftly announced (2016-01-06) that the Government of RS had nonetheless declared January 9, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in the RS part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and went on to to hold a referendum on September 25, 2016, on the January 9 regional annual holiday (2016-07-16).
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