By New York Daily News
Iraq’s parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages.
The bill passed on October 22, 2016 imposes a fine of up to $21,000 for anyone violating the ban.
Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol, but it has always been available in Iraq’s larger cities, mainly from Christian-run shops.
Iraq’s parliament is dominated by Shiite Islamist parties. The assembly announced the ban but did not say how many lawmakers voted for or against it.