Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ethiopia Ups Defense Budget Amid Egypt Tension
Cairo says the Ethiopian dam project, set to become Africa's largest, could diminish its share of Nile River waters, which provides almost all of the desert nation's water needs.
Ethiopia's parliament on Wednesday debated the proposed budget, which would increase defense spending to $400 million, up from about $350 million. The parliament is scheduled to approve the budget on Thursday.
Getachew Reda, a spokesman for Hailemariam, insists the defense increase has nothing to do with the recent disputes with Egypt. Getachew told The Associated Press the increase corresponds to the country's growing economy.