Turkish lawmakers to begin debating 2019 budget

             By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkish lawmakers next week will begin 12 days of debate over the 2019 budget, said the Parliament Speaker’s Office on Wednesday.</p>  <p>Debate will begin on Monday after Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak presents the plan to parliament, and a vote is planned for Dec. 21.</p>  <p>For 2019, Turkey is reportedly targeting 949 billion Turkish lira ($177 billion) in expenditures for public agencies and 867 billion Turkish lira ($162 billion) in general revenue.</p>  <p>The Turkish economy grew 5.2 percent this April-June, and 7.3 percent in the first quarter of 2018.</p>  <p>Ankara targets 3.5 percent growth in 2020 and 5 percent in 2021, according to the new economic program announced by Albayrak on Sept. 20.