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Tunisia December 17 Public Holiday Still Missing

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)
Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A year ago, Tunisian President, Kaïs Saïed, promised that December 17, the anniversary of the date when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, in 2010, would be an annual public holiday in Tunisia. But, as of today, the most recent gazetted text referring to annual public holidays is the one of March 26, 2011, which does not list December 17 as an annual public holiday in Tunisia.

The aforementioned announcement by Tunisia's president, Kais Saied, that December 17 would henceforth be a public holiday in Tunisia (2019-12-18), was made despite a parallel bill introduced 3 years beforehand (2016-12-16), by a group of 20 Tunisian parliamentarians, as 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).

The Tunisian regime change of 2011, led to an overhaul of the list of annual public holidays in Tunisia (2011-12-15, 2011-05-25 and 2011-04-04).

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