Parliament approves state budget for the year of 2018

Published in Politics
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:17

The Georgian Parliament has approved the state budget for the upcoming year of 2018. 

The document presented by new Financial Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, was unanimously approved by the MPs with 111 votes in favor. 

Debates and discussion preceded the voting all day long. 

The total volume of the state budget increases reaching 12,441 billion GEL.

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