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Cambodia Khmer New Year 2020 Public Holidays Postponed

Source: Cabinet of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: March 21, 2021

Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has postponed the Khmer New Year annual public holidays of Cambodia, scheduled for April 13-16, 2020, to halt Covid-19 infections ("I’ve chosen to suspend the Khmer New Year holidays. Those in the public and private sectors are required to work as usual.").

The aforementioned decision, officialized in a notification issued by Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, thus amends the terms of the Cambodian Royal Government's Sub-Decree 112 on Employee's Public Holidays for 2020 establishing Cambodia's annual list of official non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2020 (2019-11-11).

That list of official 2020 public holidays in Cambodia already reflected the major changes to Cambodian public holidays enacted earlier this year, whereby the number of annual public holidays in Cambodia was sharply reduced (2019-08-09).

Later, Prime Minister Hun Sen further justified his decision "A holiday for three days … what do you need it for when people in the countryside are afraid of getting infected by you, and you are also afraid of getting infected by them" and has promised "to compensate with a five-day holiday at a more suitable time".

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