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Liberian Religious Public Holidays Debate Postponed

Source: Legislature of Liberia Senate (Monrovia)
Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Liberian Senate has postponed consideration of the religious public holidays legislation from Senator Edwin Snowe, which would allot public holidays for Muslims and Christians, due to the Senator needing to leave the chamber to catch a flight, and the legislative practice of requiring the legislation's initiator to be present at a bill's first reading.

Senator Snowe is actually championing a set of bills, among which "An Act Making Easter Monday a Public Holiday", "An Act Making Eid al-Adha (Abraham's Day) a public Holiday", and "An Act Making Eid al-Fitr (End of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Festival of Breaking Fast) a Public Holiday".

Over the years, there have been recurring calls for Muslim public holidays to be added to the list of official Liberian public holidays (2009-09-02, 2008-01-04 and 2006-07-01), and 10 years ago (2011-10-06), Liberian Senator, John Akel Ballout, even introduced a bill in the Liberian Legislature that would have made the "End of Ramadan" an official non-working public holiday in Liberia.

Five years later (2016-08-25), Liberian Senator for Nimba County, Prince Yormie Johnson, had submitted a bill calling for the declaration of 2 new Muslim non-working public holidays in Liberia, one for the End of Ramadan and another public holiday for the Feast of sacrifice or Eid al-Adha.

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