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National Budget 2004/05: election fever?

Robin Sherbourne
Contact: robin@ippr.org.na

12 March 2004

Posted with acknowledgements to the Institute for Public Policy Research. Website: www.ippr.org.na
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Introduction

Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila's first full national budget was a rather unexciting affair involving little that quickened the pulse of either the economic analyst or the ordinary voter. She wasted a golden opportunity to stamp her authority on the nation's finances and raise her personal profile as a heavy-hitter in Cabinet by failing to table Namibia's first balanced budget since independence. There is little sign that she is using the budget as an electoral weapon although she may be keeping her powder dry until the additional budget later in the year. An alternative explanation is that she is simply performing a holding operation until a new Cabinet is formed once the elections are over.



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