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Tunisia Moves Revolution Day Public Holiday

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: December 20, 2021

During yesterday's Council of Ministers, Tunisia's President, Kais Saied, has announced that he would order the January 14 Revolution Day public holiday be moved to December 17, effective immediately ("la révolution a eu lieu le 17 décembre et non le 14 janvier, jour où l’on a assassiné la révolution").

The new date of December 17 corresponds to the 2010 date when Mohamed Bouazizi, a vegetable salesman angered by police harassment, set himself ablaze in the rural town of Sidi Bouzid, sparking vast nationwide protests.

The current date of January 14 corresponds to the date, four weeks later, when longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile, in early 2011.

The announcement that Friday, December 17, 2021, would be the second observance of Revolution Day this year, amends the earlier (2020-12-28) announcement by the government of Tunisia of its official list of the annual non-working public holidays in Tunisia for the calendar year 2021.

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