Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declares a 10-year ban on gambling. The country’s favorite pastime is over and done with after the murders of casino employees.
Gambling Venues in Kosovo Close for a Decade
Gambling has recently been banned in Kosovo, and over 470 gambling facilities closed their doors for the next ten years. In recent events, two casino employees were killed. The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj declared that the new law was an act of strengthening public security.
Kosovo is a small country with 1.8 million people, and a third of them are unemployed. The players found casinos to be the source of easy money. The gambling industry grew rapidly over the past ten years. The gambling industry employed over 4,000 people, according to the Gambling Association of Kosovo. While the business was booming, the players were becoming less responsible. Several reports of fights and public assaults were reported.
The police reported 470 gambling facilities before the ban. The government collected €20 million ($22,405,500 US) from taxes on gambling annually. Due to political instability, Kosovo does not attract investors. Therefore, the gambling industry is the main source of income. However, in the light of the recent murders, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj spoke to parliament and proceeded with the ban.
The employees of the casinos were murdered at their job. The danger of having more casualties is something that causes public concern. The Prime Minister left a post on his Facebook profile which reads: “We will not allow these venues to be arenas of crime that claim people’s lives.” At the press conference following the events, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said that national lottery is the only form of gambling that will remain legal.