In Iraqi Kurdistan, little regard for Baghdad booze ban

An Iraqi man buys liquor from a shop selling it illegaly through a window in the capital Baghdad on October 23, 2016Alcohol shops are open for business in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, where officials have vowed that Baghdad’s recently passed ban on booze will not be enforced. The ban on the sale, import and production of alcohol was slipped into draft legislation on municipalities in Iraq’s parliament last week, but the country’s president has since called for the law to be revised. In Iraqi Kurdistan, a three-province region in the country’s north that has its own government, security forces and flag, there seems to be another plan: ignore the measure even if the law remains unchanged.

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