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Zambian Inaugural Public Holidays August 24

Source: The Lusaka Times (Lusaka)
Posted: Friday, August 20, 2021

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has declared Tuesday, August 24, 2021, as a one-off public holiday to coincide with the inauguration of President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema, aka HH, as Zambia's 7th president.

The aforementioned statement reads "This serves to inform you that his Excellency the President has declared August 24, 2021 the day of the swearing in ceremony of the president elect and the vice president elect as public holiday", going on to justify the additional public holiday in the following terms "This is to facilitate for the smooth handling of the inauguration of the 7th president of the republic and to enable citizens to be part of this event which will be held at Heroes Stadium".

Mr. Hichilema won the recent August 12 elections, which were themselves also declared a public holiday in Zambia, as was the day after (2021-08-05).

As per Article 56 (2) of the Constitution (Amendment) No. 2 of 2016, "a general election shall be held, every five years after the last general election, on the second Thursday of August" [sic] and that "The day on which an election is held shall be a public holiday" (2012-05-01), which means that recent general elections and referenda were automatically declared as one-off non-working public holidays in the Zambia (2018-07-20, 2016-09-09, 2016-08-09, 2016-07-18, 2016-01-04, 2015-10-19, 2015-01-13, 2015-01-07).

Before that, although not systematic, the government of Zambia often declared one-off public holidays for most elections (2011-09-15, 2011-07-28, 2010-02-07, 2008-12-14, 2008-10-23, 2008-09-10, 2006-09-27 and 2008-08-26).

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