14 November defenceWeb
The Algerian Defence Ministry has requested a larger $10.3 billion budget for next year, with which it hopes to buy a variety of new equipment as it modernises its military and engages in counterterrorism activities.
The new request is an increase of 14.2% over the previous year and reflects Algeria’s military modernisation and internal security challenges. Much of the budget request will go to the procurement of new equipment for the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“The increase is part of an expansion of the ministry into areas that had long been under the authority of the Interior Ministry,” an Algerian source was quoted by the World Tribune as saying. Indeed, the increased defence budget reflects the takeover of the Municipal Guard, containing around 100 00 personnel, by the Defence Ministry. This was previously administered by the Interior Ministry.