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Algeria Votes Amazigh Public Holiday

Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique (Algiers)
Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018


The Algerian law on public holidays, enshrining the addition of Amazigh (aka. Berber) New Year as a new public holiday in Algeria, approved last month by Algeria's Council of Ministers, was approved unanimously by Algeria's Popular Assembly (APN).

Late last year (2017-12-27), the Algerian Council of Ministers released the "Communiqué intégral du Conseil des ministres du 27 décembre 2017" where one could read that the Amazigh (aka. Berber New Year) on January 12 would finally (2007-01-10) become a new annual non-working public holiday in Algeria, beginning in 2018 ("Dans le même esprit, et en présentant ses meilleurs vœux au peuple algérien à la veille de l'année 2018, le Président Abdelaziz Bouteflika a annoncé sa décision de consacrer Yennayer journée chômée et payée dès le 12 janvier prochain, le gouvernement étant chargé de prendre les dispositions appropriées à cet effet.").

A few weeks later (2018-01-10), the Algerian Cabinet approved amendments to the Algerian public holidays legislation, which would make permanent the recent declaration of Amazigh (aka. Berber) New Year as a new public holiday in Algeria ("Lors de sa réunion du mercredi 10 janvier, le Gouvernement a endossé un amendement à la loi fixant la liste des fêtes légales qui inclura ainsi le jour de l’An Amazigh correspondant au 12 janvier. Cet amendement poursuivra son parcours à travers le Conseil des ministres pour aboutir bientôt au Parlement"), and this was confirmed a couple of months ago (2018-03-11).

At the same time that Algeria's Popular Assembly was considering the addition of Amazigh New Year as a new public holiday in Algeria, it voted against the declaration of May 8 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Algeria to commemorate the May 8, 1945, police shootings of demonstrators at Sétif, Guelma and Kherrata.



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