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Debate on 2005 National Budget - 2004-12-20

Cambodian national assembly is debating its 2005 spending budget Monday.

The 2005 budget will be increased to 792 millions from 752 millions for 2004. The 40 million dollar increase in spending is due to the government's new focus on education, health care, and other social programs aimed at good governance and reduction of poverty.

Cambodian minister of finance, Kiet Chhon admitted there is corruption in the government but vowed to fight it in the coming years.

Opposition party president Mr. Sam Rainsy said Cambodia lost a lot of revenues from various activities such as logging and gasoline smuggling.