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Tunisia December 17 Public Holiday Update

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tunisia's president, Kais Saied, has announced his decision to declare December 17, the anniversary date of the 2011 events that led to a regime change in Tunisia, as an official non-working public holiday (the fête nationale de la révolution), from the calendar year 2020 onward.

Three years ago (2016-12-16), a group of 20 Tunisian parliamentarians introduced a bill that would have declared December 17 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Tunisia, to mark the regime change of 2011, which led to an overhaul of the list of annual public holidays in Tunisia (2011-12-15, 2011-05-25 and 2011-04-04).

However, this new public holiday in Tunisia could not stem from a legislative bill, as the ARP's commission ("Assemblée des représentants du peuple") president, Mohamed Ennaceur Jebira, reminded these 20 parliamentarians.

The declaration of non-working public holidays in Tunisia is a prerogative of the executive branch, not of the legislative one ("l'organisation des fêtes nationales relève du pouvoir réglementaire général du chef du gouvernement, conformément à l'article 65 de la Constitution"), and the bill to declare December 17 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Tunisia, was sent back for redrafting (2016-12-31).

Today's announcement by Tunisia's president, Kais Saied, that December 17 would henceforth be a public holiday in Tunisia, thus solves the issue of the legal impossibility a new public holiday in Tunisia being declared by the legislative branch of the Tunisian government.

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