By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The 2013 national budget is now pending approval from the Guurti before implementation.
The house of representatives has approved the 2013 annual national budget in its entirety as presented by the minister of Finance Mr. Abdiaziz Samale mid this week.
In a sitting chaired by the speaker of parliament’s second chamber Hon Abdirahman Mohamed Abdilahi ‘Irro’ the members present unanimously approved the $185,714,033.budget without effecting any changes.
During the vote for the budget and out of a quorum of 44 members the 2013 annual budget received approval from 35 members and disapproval from 6 while 2 abstained and the chair did not vote.
The budget which had to pass muster at the council of ministers before it was forwarded to the House of Representatives is now to be presented to Guurti, the upper chamber of parliament for final approval or rejection.
The 2013 budget which is the heftiest since the country reclaimed sovereignty 21 years ago has allocations for novel items included like the cost of security services ranks, health sector, roads and pepping up of the foreign policy.
Follow the link for full details of the budget http://somalilandsun.com/index.php/politics/government/2036-somaliland-legislators-grill-finance-minister-on-2013-budget