Lebanon has spent some US$3 billion (â‚¬2.32 billion), or about 62 percent of the country's revenues, to pay interest on its national debt last year, according to government economic figures released Thursday.
A decline in revenues, partly because of the Israel-Hizbullah war, the Israeli siege of Beirut's airport and seaport and an increase in servicing the debt pushed the national deficit to 39% of total expenditure in fiscal 2006, which ended in December, the Finance Ministry said in a statement carried on the state-run news agency.
Revenues totaled about 7.3 billion Lebanese pounds (US$4.86 billion/â‚¬3.75 billion), a drop from 7.4 billion (US$4.94 billion/â‚¬3.81 billion) in the previous year.
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