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Government spending to rise slightly in Oman next year

The Omani finance minister, Darwish al-Balushi has said government spending is expected to rise slightly in 2012, after a sharp increase this year as the country boosted social spending, Reuters has reported. Budget spending this year would total about OR9.1bn ($23.7bn), up from an original plan of OR8.1bn, while next year's spending will be "a little more" than OR9.1bn, he said.