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Bahrain budget gap doubles in 2013, spending rise lowest since 2009

The small oil exporter faces tough choices

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By Martin Dokoupil - DUBAI, June 2 (Reuters) - Bahrain's state budget deficit nearly doubled to 410 million dinars ($1.1 billion) in 2013 but was only a fraction of the original projection as spending rose at its slowest rate since 2009, finance ministry data showed on Monday.

The small oil exporter faces tough choices between boosting state expenditure to sooth simmering political unrest and keeping its fragile public finances sustainable.

The 2013 budget shortfall widened to 3.3 percent of gross domestic product, the highest level since 2010, from 2.0 percent, or 226.6 million dinars, in 2012, Reuters calculations based on the official data showed.

However, the deficit was well below the ministry's original plan for a 1.1 billion dinar gap and the International Monetary Fund's latest forecast for a deficit of 4.4 percent of GDP.> more...

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