• Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Sri Lanka president restores ban on women buying alcohol

Maithripala Sirisena

By: Sarwar Alam

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday 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 “From tomorrow (Monday), the minister’s order will be rescinded,” Sirisena’s office said in a statement, which added that the status quo will be restored but offered no explanation. The reversal comes after a finance ministry official said Samaraweera had revoked the 39-year-old law in an effort to…

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