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Lawmakers Criticize Turkish Nighttime Alcohol Store Ban

Turkish opposition lawmakers said the government was advancing an Islamist agenda after a law was passed banning all alcohol advertising together with night-time alcohol sales at stores. Local businesses and foreign investors expressed concern.

“The rapid introduction of this bill is both surprising and disappointing,” Diageo Plc said in an e-mailed statement today. Bendevi Palandoken, head of a confederation of tradesmen, TESK, said the law would hit 185,000 buffets licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, especially after 10 p.m. when supermarkets are closed, Hurriyet newspaper reported today.