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Kosovo suspends casinos, betting shops to increase control

March 22, 2019

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament has voted to suspend all casinos and betting shops and increase control over them as “no one is getting rich.”

Parliament’s extraordinary session on Friday voted 74-0 for a resolution suspending their activity until a draft law the government will prepare in 30 days is approved. It did not say what the new law will change.

Avdullah Hoti, a lawmaker with the Democratic League of Kosovo party who proposed the resolution, said that “betting games have grabbed the citizens and no one has become rich with the betting shop businesses.”

In 2018, customs gained 16 million euros ($18 million) from the equipment imported for casinos and betting shops.

After neighboring Albania closed all casinos and betting shops last year, many of them moved to Kosovo.