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Details still murky for 2015 budget

A request for more information about the proposed $3.75 billon national budget has been denied and the bill will now likely pass through the National Assembly next week relatively unchanged, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said yesterday.

The assembly’s Economics, Finance, Banking and Auditing Commission, of which Chhay is deputy head, asked the Economy and Finance Minister Aun Porn Moniroth earlier this month to give more details on proposed expenditure for 2015, rather than just a simple ministry-by-ministry breakdowns.

But when Porn Moniroth answered questions in front of the commission yesterday, no such information was given, Chhay said.

“We didn’t get the chance to question him and challenge him very much,” he said. “We have learned that we will not be able to get much more detail.”

However, the minister had conceded there were problems and had promised general reform, Chhay said.

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