Subject: ABC: A transitional budget in East Timor

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A transitional budget in East Timor

Last Updated 06/10/2007, 20:07:47

East Timor's parliament has passed a transitional period budget proposal of 112 million US dollars.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao says its priorities are helping refugees, reducing poverty and the modernisation of the police force.

Fretilin Secretary-general Mari Alkatiri says the party voted against the budget because it didn't agree with the government's and the budget commission's answers in the debate.

The budget was passed with 36 votes for, 21 against and six abstaining.

It is proposed to cover the six months, from July to December 2007.

[Transitional Budget as submitted to Parliament  by the Ministry of Finance, July-December 2007 via Lao Hamutuk]

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