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Ghana's NDC Vows July 1st Public Holiday Reversal

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: September 15, 2021

Ghana's main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), through its director of communications, Kakra Essamuah, has announced that it would restore the recently-canceled July 1st Republic Day public holiday of Ghana, if the NDC wins the next general elections in Ghana ("The NDC would want to assure all Ghanaians living everywhere that upon its assumption of office in January 2021, Republic Day will be accorded full recognition as one of the more important national days in our history").

Recall that, last December (2018-12-14), the government of Ghana tabled an amendment to Ghana's Public Holidays Act, adding January 7 as a new annual Constitution Day public holiday in Ghana, as well as August 4, to be named Founders’ Day. At the same time, the Republic Day and African Union Day public holidays of Ghana, marked annually on July 1 and May 25 respectively, were to be canceled by the same amendment to Ghana's Public Holidays Act.

A one-off January 7 Constitution Day public holiday was declared (2018-12-28) this year, as passing the bill before January 7 of 2019 was impossible.

But, when the government of Ghana released its annual list of official non-working lay and religious non-working public holidays in Ghana for the calendar year 2019, it included the consequences of the aforementioned amendment to Ghana's Public Holidays Act (2019-02-06), a bill which was eventually passed by the Parliament of Ghana, later this year (2019-03-03), and then assented to, as Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986), by Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (2019-05-08).

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