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S.Korea parliament approves $49.5 billion extra budget days before local elections

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s National Assembly approved a 62 trillion won ($49.5 billion) supplementary budget on Sunday aimed at supporting businesses hit by pandemic-related restrictions.

The amount approved was 2.6 trillion won more than the 59.4 trillion won announced last month and will mostly be used for cash handouts for small businesses and self-employed people to make up for losses incurred due to COVID-19 restrictions, the finance ministry said.

The extra budget comes as the country is due to hold local elections on June 1, where South Koreans will vote for mayors and provincial governors.

The ministry said in a statement that it would not issue any bonds to fund the budget but instead would use tax revenue from existing spending plans.

($1 = 1,251.9900 won)

(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Hugh Lawson)


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