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President Weah declares Friday a Working Holiday

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Liberia's President George Manneh Weah
Liberia's President George Manneh Weah

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Manneh Weah has by proclamation declared Friday, May 25, as ‘Africa Day ‘to be observed throughout the Country as a Working Holiday.

According to a Foreign Ministry release issued Thursday, May 24, 2018, Africa Day, formerly known as Africa Liberation Day, has been celebrated annually on May 25,to mark the determination of the people of Africa to liberate the continent from foreign domination and exploitation.

The day also marks the signing of the charter establishing the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963.

As a founding member of the OAU, now the AU, the Government of Liberia joins other member states of the Organization to celebrate Africa Day under the theme: Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.’

The Proclamation states that the African Union (AU) was formed and established on May 25, 1963, to rid the continent of the remnants of colonization and apartheid, promote unity and solidarity among African states and coordinate and intensify cooperation for development among others.

It further states that the AU, comprising 55 Member states, continues to provide an effective forum that enables its members adopt coordination positions in international fora on matters of common concern to the continent and defend the interest of Africa effectively.

President Weah has therefore called on all Government ministries and agencies, business houses to cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.

Meanwhile, as part of activities marking the observance of the day on May 25, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Africa Union Liaison Office in Liberia and the Africa Diplomatic and Consular Corps will host the flag of the Africa Union at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs early on Friday, May 25, morning.

 


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