The national week of "Health and Happiness" is just on the horizon for Turkmenistan, but due to a recent order by authorities, it doesn't look like it's going to be a happy week at all. Shopkeepers have apparently been ordered to remove all alcohol from their shelves just in time for the official celebrations, and keep them there until the celebrations are over.
According to the Washington Post:
The holiday was created this year to mark the “era of power and happiness” recently announced by the nation’s authoritarian and fitness-mad president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
The shopkeepers in Ashgabat, the capital, say the ban will remain in force until Wednesday, but some are still selling liquor under the table. They requested anonymity to avoid government reprisal.
Officials were totally drunk when they made this decision, right?