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Armenian New Year Public Holidays Bill Moves To Second Reading

Source: Armenian News Agency (ARMENPRESS)
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The government-backed bill to reduce the number of Armenia's annual New Year public holidays, has been approved Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs of the National Assembly, and moves to its second reading in parliament, albeit with the re-inclusion of January 2 as an annual public holiday in Armenia.

As per the Armenian Minister of the Economy, Vahan Kerobyan, speaking on behalf of the aforementioned parliamentary committee, "We want to propose a change in the first to second readings and include January 2 in the list of non-working days".

The initial bill, to keep December 31, January 1, and January 6, only as annual public holidays, was presented by the very same Minister of the Economy, Vahan Kerobyan, this past spring (2021-04-15), approved by the Armenian government last month (2021-09-16), and it passed its first reading, late last month (2021-10-27).

In its present form, going into second reading, the current bill is now the same as an earlier bill which would have also kept January 1, 2 and 6 as annual public holidays in Armenia (2021-01-21).

The New Year and Armenian Christmas annual public holidays were extended to run from December 31 until January 7, a decade ago, as per the "Law on Armenian Holidays and Memory Days" (2009-12-05).

A few years ago, a similar attempt was made to cut the length of the New Year and Armenian Christmas public holidays (2017-12-14 and 2017-12-13), but an ensuing change of government caused the bill to be abandoned (2021-01-11, 2020-01-16, 2019-01-13 and 2018-01-15).

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