ANKARA  

Turkey’s central government budget balance posted 29.6 billion Turkish liras (some $4.85 billion) deficit in the January-March period, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The country’s budget revenues totaled 255.75 billion Turkish liras (some $41.9 billion) in the first three months of this year, rising 17% from the same period last year.

Budget expenditures rose 12.1% to hit 285.3 billion Turkish liras (some $46.77 billion) — marking a $4.85 billion deficit.

The budget balance, excluding interest payments, saw a surplus of 8.67 billion Turkish liras ($1.42 billion) in the first quarter.

Official figures showed that tax revenues

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