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As countries in the Northern Hemisphere got ready to change their clocks back one hour to prepare for spring, the people of Lebanon were told to wait another month.

This controversial decision was taken by the country’s interim Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Not only did he confuse his people because the country woke up in two different time zones, but he also got backlash from several churches and media organises who rejected the idea.

Mikati wanted to postpone Daylight Saving until 20 April since it will then follow the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Lebanese leader has since made an announcement that the controversial decision has been changed again as his government has since voted to start Daylight Saving time on Wednesday 29 March.

“We had to take a period of 48 hours to put this into effect, in order to deal with some technical matters that have arisen as a result of (the) last announcement.”

Taboola News reports that Mikati said that his initial decision to postpone winter clock changes was “intended to relieve those fasting in the month of Ramadan for an hour, without causing any harm to any other Lebanese factions.”

Locals have since started referring to the two confusing time zones as Christian time and Muslim time.

Image credit: State Magazine

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