Published on July 9th, 2013 | by Dean Carr
Parliament in Turkey aims to restrict the sale of alcohol
Parliament in Turkey has passed a proposed legislation to restrict the retail sale of alcohol between certain hours. Under the bill, Turkish stores will be unable to sell alcohol between the hours of 10pm and 6am, essentially late-night hours.
Only the Turkish President can now derail the proposition, and is expected to decide during the coming week whether to sign or reject the bill.
The controversial law was passed through the Turkish parliament in May 2003, and is cited as a move to protect young people from the harmful effects of alcohol. Critics purportedly view it as an Islamist agenda, particularly as the bill also proposes a ban on alcohol advertising and bans producers from sponsoring events.
Spokespeople from drinks companies and tourism bodies have already voiced their concern over the proposed legislation, arguing it could damage tourism revenues.