Egypt’s manpower ministry announced that next Thursday, 30 June, will be a paid official leave for all private-sector workers to mark the anniversary of the 30 June Revolution.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the ministry added that companies have the right to ask employees to work during this day on job requirements, but are still legally obliged to pay double the normal wage to those who work during a holiday.
The 2013 revolution on 30 June marks the day when millions of protesters rushed to the streets to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood-led government and then-President Mohamed Morsi.
The June revolution led to the ousting of Morsi and put an end to the one-year Muslim Brotherhood ruling in what has been seen as a victory for the people’s will.
The June revolution came only two years after the 25 January Revolution in 2011, which forced late former President Hosni Mubarak to leave office after 30 years as president and paved the way for the country’s first democratic presidential elections.