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Jordan Clarifies May 26 Independence Day Public Holiday

Source: Jordan News Agency Petra (Amman)
Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2022

Jordanian media spokesperson for the Ministry of Labor, Muhammad Al-Zayoud, has stated that yesterday's official statement by Prime Minister, Bishr Al-Khasawneh, moving the upcoming Jordanian Independence Day public holiday to Thursday, May 26, 2022, also applies to the private sector.

The aforementioned announcement follows yesterday's official statement by Jordanian Prime Minister, Bishr Al-Khasawneh, that the public holiday for the upcoming 76th independence anniversary of Jordan would be observed by the Jordanian public sector on Thursday, May 26, rather than Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

In principle, such clarifications (2022-03-20) are not necessary, since the 2020 announcement by the Ministry of Labour that "all official and religious holidays in Jordan include both public and private sectors" and that "According to article 59 of the Labour Law, which clarifies the mechanism for making the employer work on his weekly, religious or public holidays, official communications issued for this purpose include private sector institutions without mentioning them in the communications." (2020-10-25).

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, had been listed as a public holiday on account of the Kingdom's 76th independence anniversary, for the calendar year 2022 (2005-10-02), and earlier this week, a Jordanian government source had announced that it would not be "postponed until Thursday".

Some annual fixed-date Jordanian public holidays are often moved to adjoin a weekend, when they occur in mid-week (2019-04-25, 2019-04-24, 2018-04-22, 2017-04-26, 2015-04-22, 2013-04-19, 2013-01-17, 2012-04-24 and 2006-04-25), though not systematically (2016-05-13, 2016-04-26, 2010-04-27 and 2005-04-25), and almost never for Independence Day (2021-05-16).

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