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Somalia’s parliament grills finance minister on the 2022 budget expenditure for the second day
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Somalia’s parliament grills finance minister on the 2022 budget expenditure for the second day

Somalia's two parliamentary houses have questioned Finance Minister Abdirahman Beileh on the 2022 budget expenditure for the second day. Dr. Beileh appeared before the two Houses of Parliament where legislators grilled him on the 2022 budget that the outgoing Cabinet members recently submitted to Parliament for approval.  Beileh was also put to task over how the last three fiscal years have been spent. "Let it be presented to the parliament and we are ready for its accountability. I did not say that the money was never Grant," he said. Most lawmakers who questioned the minister said the minister was unsure of his explanations and demanded that he wait, as it was a matter of accountability. Minister Bayle also announced that he is ready to account for the money and will present its evidence to the Somali parliament. However, Bayle is facing several ambiguities in the government's accounts, refusing to report to the national prosecutor's office on Monday. The Minister a few days ago claimed the former administration did not leave behind enough money to bankroll some of the critical government services. Beileh on Sunday night rejected Attorney General's office summons to answer questions related to the nation's finances. The Attorney General had summoned the minister over financial queries that the office was investigating. A letter from the AG's office summoned the Minister before the financial Economic and Cybercrime Unit to answer to clarify “crimes related to the country’s finances and economy.” Somalia which has been battered by three decades of conflict is ranked as one of the most corrupt nations in the world by Transparency International due to a lack of accountability. 

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