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Kosovo suspends casinos, betting shops to increase control

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's parliament has voted to suspend all casinos and betting shops. Lawmakers voted 74-0 for a resolution suspending gambling activities 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 "betting games have grabbed the citizens and no one has become rich with the betting shop businesses."

In a post on his Facebook page, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he is looking for Cabinet approval next week. In 2018, the government gained 16 million euros ($18 million) from gambling receipts.

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

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