Niger has increased its 2010 budget by 8.9 percent to 695.5 billion CFA francs (USD1.50 billion) to account for more expenditures in preparation for January’s elections.

    “This second revision is due, in part, to the needs arising from the installation of new transitional institutions and commitments that include the preparation of elections,” the ruling military junta said Nov. 5 on state television. The nation earlier reduced its budget due to lower aid flows, Reuters reports.

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.