Tunisia's budget for 2018 attends more to defense, security

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TUNIS, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- A total of 5,112 million dinars (2,045 million U.S. dollars), representing 14 percent of Tunisia's draft state budget for 2018, would go to the ministries of interior and defense, TAP news agency reported on Sunday.

The state budget of Tunisian for the year 2018 is estimated at 35,851 million dinars, an increase of 4.3 percent compared with 2017.

The budget provided to the interior ministry has increased by 12.5 percent compared with 2017.

The increase could be explained by the purchase of equipment and materials to be used in the fight against terrorism and smuggling, as well as the preservation of the country's borders, according to analysts.

The budget for Tunisia's defense ministry in 2018 also increased from 2,016 million dinars in 2017 to 2,233 million dinars.

Meanwhile, the largest amount of budget was distributed to the ministry of education, compared with those reserved for the other 26 ministries, representing 13 percent of the total state budget.

There is also a notable increase of 49 million dinars in budget allocated to the presidency of the government from this year's 122.4 million dinars to 168.3 million dinars in 2018.

As for the budget of the Assembly of People's Representatives (Parliament), it is estimated at 30.9 million dinars, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the budget of 2017. Enditem

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