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Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

2007 bud­get:

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Michalis Sar­ris has pro­duced a bud­get for 2007 that sees the deficit re­duced by 10% on rev­enues of CYP 3.31 bln and ex­pen­di­ture of 4.06 bln. Rev­enue was up 3.7% and state spend­ing a mar­ginal 0.8%, due to the im­prove­ment in tax col­lec­tion and a high growth rate of 4%.

NHS by 2008:

Mckin­sey & Co., the con­sul­tant hired by the govern­ment to pre­pare the strat­egy and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tional health sys­tem (GESY), said that the scheme would col­lapse if it re­lied on self-fund­ing alone. The pro­posal was to supplement rev­enue from higher taxes on to­bacco and al­co­hol as smok­ers and those who drink are a greater bur­den on the na­tional health sys­tem. Another sug­ges­tion was for pa­tients to pay a small fee to be as­signed a doc­tor or GP, while im­ple­men­ta­tion of the first stage was seen at 2008.

The rul­ing coali­tion is in trou­ble af­ter rul­ing DIKO and side-kicks AKEL are con­sid­er­ing aban­don­ing so­cial­ist EDEK on rows over can­di­dates for the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions. For­eign res­i­dents will also have their say with 244 ex­pats regis­tered in Peyia, ac­count­ing for 15% of the vote, who are ex­pected to have an im­pact on the out­come.

Elec­tions row:

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