[size=36]For the first time, Algeria plans to impose a tax on wealth and real estate[/size]
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The measures mainly included a plan to cut public spending by 9.2 percent and seek foreign loans to reduce pressure on the public treasury.
But the size of subsidies will remain unchanged in 2020 at 8.4 percent of GDP as the government seeks to avoid social unrest in a country that supports almost everything from basic food commodities to fuel, housing and medicine.
The authorities are already under pressure from weekly popular protests demanding the cancellation of the December 12 presidential election.
Protesters believe the elections will not be fair as long as allies of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika remain in power, including Ben Saleh and Badawi.
The draft budget has yet to be approved by parliament later this year