Alcohol is readily available in the small shops and bars of Baghdad. BBC
The Independent: Iraq parliament bans alcohol in surprise vote
Opponents say law violates constitution guaranteeing traditions of religious minorities such as Christians
Iraq's parliament has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol in a surprise move. Proponents of the ban argue the ban is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam.
Opponents say it violates the same constitution which guarantees the traditions of religious minorities such as Christians and have vowed to appeal against the decision.
Those violating the law will be fined between 10 million and 25 million dinars (roughly £7,000 to £17,500).
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WNU Editor: In a country that is being torn apart by sectarian and religious strife, war and terrorism, corruption and poverty .... banning alcohol is the priority for the Iraqi parliament.
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