The Turkish Treasury's cash balance posted a deficit of 130.5 billion Turkish liras (some $23 billion) in 2019, according to official data released on Wednesday.
The Treasury's cash revenues totaled some 897 billion Turkish liras ($157.9 billion) last year, rising 16% from the previous year.
Including interest payments of around 98.3 billion Turkish liras ($17.3 billion), expenditures rose 21% year-on-year to hit 1 trillion Turkish liras ($181.3 billion) in 2019.
Non-interest expenditures amounted to nearly 934.6 billion Turkish liras ($164.5 billion), marking a 37.5 billion-Turkish-lira ($6.6 billion) gap in the primary balance.
The average U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate this year was around 5.68 in 2019, as one dollar was traded for 4.82 Turkish liras on average in 2018.
In 2018, the Treasury posted a deficit of nearly 70 billion Turkish liras ($14.6 billion) in cash balance.
By Tuba Sahin