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Maldives Supreme Court Rejects September 23 Public Holiday

Source: Maldives President's Office Press Release (Male)
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018


The Supreme Court of the Maldives has thrown out a case filed by a former Attorney General of the Maldives, Husnu Al Suood, petitioning the court to declare the day of the upcoming Presidential Election, September 23, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Maldives.

Former AG Husnu Al Suood's main argument seems to have been that in the past, elections in the Maldives were held on a weekend, a claim that is not actually borne out by facts (2017-05-06, 2013-11-16, 2013-09-05, 2009-04-30, 2008-10-15, 2008-10-12, 2008-10-02, 2008-09-17).

However, the Maldives Elections Commission had said when they announced the election date, that they would try to make the day a public holiday.


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