On Wednesday October 19, the government council, chaired by Aziz Akhannouch, adopted the finance bill (PLF) for the year 2023. The budget allocated to defense has increased from 10.53 billion to 10.9 billion dollars.
Morocco: what really happened in Guerguerate?
An overall evolution logic for Rabat, which significantly increases its defense budget each year. On the occasion of the presentation of the 2022 PLF, the Minister Delegate in charge of National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, had already declared that the resources allocated to defense were not sufficient with regard to the missions of the Armed Forces. Royals (FAR).
Alger double son budget
For its part, Algeria, which has spent an average of 10 billion dollars a year on defense for the past twenty years, could double this amount. The 2023 finance law proposes effect to raise it to $22.7 billion, which represents 12% of GDP. An increase essentially financed by soaring hydrocarbon prices, of which Algiers is one of the main suppliers on the continent. The budget will be discussed by Parliament at the end of November.
Morocco-Algeria: in the Sahara, a war that does not say its name?
Many observers see in these budget increases the direct consequence of renewed tension in Western Sahara, hostilities having resumed between Morocco and the Polisario Front following the breakdown of the ceasefire in November 2020.