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Morocco PPS Group Pushes Amazigh Public Holiday

Source: Agence Maroc Arabe Presse (Rabat)
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2021

The PPS parliamentary group of Morocco has sent a written request to the government requesting that the Amazigh New Year also be declared a new annual public holiday in Morocco.

Recall that, a couple of years ago (2020-01-08), Morocco's Minister for Human Rights and Relations with the Parliament, El Mostafa Ramid, had announced that Morocco would soon consider declaring January 13 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Morocco on the occasion of the Amazigh New Year, although this announcement was tempered by the qualification that the King would have the final say on the matter.

Two years before that, following the first declaration of the Amazigh New Year in neighboring Algeria (2017-12-27), the spokesperson for the Government of Morocco, El Othmani Mustapha Khalfi, had announced that the Government of Morocco was considering the declaration of January 13 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Morocco (2018-01-05).

Interestingly, neighboring Algeria declared its Amazigh New Year on January 12, rather than January 13.

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