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Ghana Declares January 7 Public Holiday

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Ghana's Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, has declared Thursday, January 7, 2021, as a non-working public holiday in Ghana ("The general public is hereby reminded that Thursday, January 7, 2021, which marks ‘Constitution Day’ is a statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.").

The new Constitution Day public holiday of Ghana was part of amendments to the Public Holidays Act, which were introduced into Ghana's Parliament, in late December, two years ago (2018-12-14), and passed and gazetted a few months later (2019-05-08 and 2019-04-30).

The first observance of the new January 7 Constitution Day public holiday was declared ad hoc in early 2019 (2018-12-28), due to the impossibility of passing the bill before January 7, 2019.

At the time, the Interior Ministry stated that "Despite the fact that the new bill laid before parliament was still awaiting consideration and approval, the Speaker of Parliament was quoted in a media interview as saying the government could always declare holidays ahead of the passage of bills. Government can always declare a holiday. We don’t need an act".

Ghana's main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), 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 (2019-07-01), thus presumably cancelling the new Constitution Day public holiday.

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