Iraq parliament in surprise vote to ban alcohol
The ban was a last-minute addition to a draft law on municipalities that caught the anti-ban camp flat-footed.
BY: AFP | BAGHDAD |
Published On:October 23, 2016 2:56 Pm
Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. Proponents of the ban argue that it is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam. But some opponents argue that it also violates the same constitution which guarantees the traditions of religious minorities.
Baghdad, Jan 12 : Up to 23 people were killed and 44 others wounded on Monday in two coordinated bomb attacks at a coffee shop in a town in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source said.
The attack occurred in the evening when a roadside bomb went off a crowded coffee shop in the town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity, Xinhua reported.
First beauty queen in four decades crowned in Iraq
It was smoky, alcohol-free and there was no swimsuit contest, but Saturday's party produced the first Miss Iraq in four decades. The crowd spilled out of the Baghdad hotel ballroom where the pageant was held. The jury chose Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a tall, green-eyed 20-year-old from Iraq's Kirkuk city.