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Armenian New Year Public Holidays Bill Passes First Reading

Source: Armenian News Agency (ARMENPRESS)
Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: November 10, 2021

The government-backed bill to cut Armenia's annual New Year public holidays from 9 days down to 3, passed its first reading in the Armenian parliament by a vote of 53/16 with 3 abstentions.

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).

The present bill, to keep December 31, January 1, and January 6, only as annual public holidays, was presented by Armenia’s Minister of the Economy, Vahan Kerobyan, this past spring (2021-04-15), and approved by the Armenian government last month (2021-09-16).

An earlier bill to reduce the annual New Year and Armenian Christmas extended public holidays, had been announced by the Government of Armenia, earlier this year (2021-01-21). But that draft bill would have kept January 1, 2 and 6 as annual public holidays in Armenia, one more than today's draft bill.

A similar attempt was made to cut the length of the New Year and Armenian Christmas annual public holidays, a few years ago (2017-12-14 and 2017-12-13), but an ensuing change of government meant that these plans were shelved (2021-01-11, 2020-01-16, 2019-01-13 and 2018-01-15).

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