Women’s booze ban reinstated

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COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s president yesterday reimposed a four-decade-long ban on women buying liquor, just days after his finance minister had lifted the restriction. Maithripala Sirisena said he had ordered Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to revoke his decision last week to overturn the 1979 law prohibiting the sale of any type of alcohol to women. “From tomorrow (yesterday), the minister’s order will be rescinded,” Mr Sirisena’s office said in a statement, which added that the status quo will be restored but offered no explanation. The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection had accused the finance minister of encouraging drinking, and had urged Mr Sirisena to intervene and restore the restrictions.

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