Turkey Set To Ban Late-Night Alcohol Sales

Legislation passed by Parliament, needs to be signed by the president


The Turkish parliament has approved controversial legislation to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol.

The Islamist-rooted ruling AK party says the law will protect the population, particularly young people, from the harmful effects of alcohol.

Critics say it is a new move to impose an Islamic agenda on a secular, though predominantly Muslim, country.

The law bans the sale of alcoholic drinks between 22:00 and 06:00 and bans producers from sponsoring events.

To take effect, the law must be signed by President Abdullah Gul, but the politician—a member of the ruling AKP—is expected to do so soon.