Source:Agence Maroc Arabe Presse (Rabat)
Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Morocco's Minister for Human Rights and Relations with the Parliament, El Mostafa Ramid, announced that Morocco would soon consider declaring January 13 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Morocco on the occasion of the Amazigh New Year.
The aforementioned announcement was made during this week's parliamentary question time, but was tempered by the qualification that the King would have the final say on the matter ("le roi Mohammed VI est celui qui a le pouvoir d’annoncer des décisions fondamentales et importantes dans le pays").
Two years ago, neighboring Algeria declared the Amazigh (aka. Berber) New Year as a new annual public holiday in Algeria (2017-12-27), but on January 12, and the spokesperson for the Government of Morocco, El Othmani Mustapha Khalfi, had then announced that the Government of Morocco was considering the declaration of January 13 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Morocco on the occasion of the Amazigh New Year (2018-01-05).
If the aforementioned possible declaration of January 13 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Morocco on the occasion of the Amazigh New Year, came to pass, then it would amend the recently-announced list of 2020 public holidays in Morocco (2019-12-27).
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