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Belarus Rules-Out September 17 Public Holiday

Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk)
Posted: Monday, August 9, 2021


The President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has issued a justification for his recent decision not to make the new National Unity Day, on September 17, a non-working public holiday in Belarus ("I've traveled to many countries. There are not so many days off anywhere").

A couple of months ago (2021-06-07), President Lukashenko had signed Decree No.206 which amended the Decree No.157 of 26 March 1998, "On national holidays, public holidays, and commemorative dates in the Republic of Belarus", by establishing a new annual holiday, the Day of People's Unity, on September 17.

However, even at that time, it had been understood that this new Day of People's Unity holiday, on September 17, would be a regular working day.

The list of 2021 public holidays in Belarus, as specified in the "Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated November 9, 2020 No. 635" (2020-11-09), or any future one, was not expected to be amended due to the aforementioned Decree No.206.



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