Ukrainian confirms bill restricting gambling - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

Ukrainian lawmakers have passed a law that would ban all gambling until special zones for casinos are set up.

The bill was initially adopted last month after a gambling-hall fire killed nine people. It called on the government to set up special areas where gambling could take place.

Lawmakers overrode a presidential veto Thursday and said the law would help fight widespread gambling addiction.

President Viktor Yushchenko vetoed the law last week after it sparked protests from the gambling business, whose representatives said 200,000 people would be put out of work.

Yushchenko must now sign the bill into law within 10 days.

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