Anbar Official Says 2010 Budget for Province is Insufficient

The head of Anbar's provincial council on Saturday said that it has received a budget of nearly $1.153 U.S. dollars for next year, adding that it is not enough to finance projects in the province.

"The council will inform the ministries of finance and planning of its objection to the lack of financial allocations," Jassem al-Halbousy told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Halbousy called on concerned authorities to keep the area factor, not only the population of Anbar, in mind when considering a budget for the province.

Ramadi, the capital city of Anbar province, lies 110 km west of Baghdad.

Anbar is the largest province in Iraq geographically. Encompassing much of the country's western territory, it shares borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Anbar is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim Arab. Anbar's main cities are Falluja, the capital Ramadi, Haditha, Hit, Aana and Rutba.

The name of the province translates "granaries," as this region was the primary entrepĂ´t on the western borders of Lakhmid Kingdom.

The province was known as Dulaim until 1962 when it was changed to Ramadi. In 1976 it was renamed Anbar.

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