Source:Maldives President's Office Press Release (Male)
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021
The Maldives President’s Office has announced that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had declared Sunday and Monday, April 11 and 12, 2021, as government public holidays in the Maldives.
Sunday, April 11, 2021, was declared as a government public holiday in the Maldives, due to "the large number of civil servants who will be involved at polling stations nationwide to manage the Local Council Election (LCE) scheduled for Saturday, 10th April 2021".
For its part, Monday, April 12, 2021, was declared as a government public holiday in the Maldives to link the extended weekend with the April 13th public holiday for the first day of the month of Ramadan 1442.
Former Maldives Presidents had declared one-off non-working public holidays on the date of the first sitting of the People's Majlis of the year, for many years (2015-02-28, 2013-02-25, 2012-02-22, 2011-02-22, 2010-02-22 and 2009-03-02), with some exceptions (2014-02-28), as Article 84 of the Maldives constitution states that "at the beginning of the first session of each year at the first sitting, the President shall address the People’s Majlis on the state of the country, and may present proposals for improving the state of the country to the People’s Majlis".
The practice was reintroduced, 2 years ago (2019-01-21), when President Ibrahim Mohamed Salih declared Thursday, February 7, 2019, a one-off non-working public holiday in the Maldives, on account of the day of the formal inauguration of the Parliament for the year 2019, and did the same last year (2020-01-06).
The list of 2021 annual public holidays in the Maldives was released at the beginning of this year (2021-01-08).
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Maldives Declares April 11-12 Public Holidays" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.