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Turkey July 15 Public Holiday Confirmed

Source: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)
Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017

Turkey's official government website has added the new July 15 "National Day Of Democracy And The Union" to its list of official non-working public holidays in Turkey for the years 2017-2022.

Last autumn (2016-09-30), Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had announced that, from next year onward, July 15 would be observed as a new 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"), and Turkey's Parliament unanimously passed a bill to declare July 15 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Turkey, named Democracy and National Solidarity Day, beginning in 2017 (2016-10-25).

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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