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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabian state television says the oil-rich kingdom posted a nearly $60 billion budget surplus in 2011.

State television said Monday that the country is projecting a much smaller 12 billion riyal ($3 billion) budget surplus in the coming year, with revenues at 702 billion riyals and expenditures forecast at 690 billion riyals.

In 2011, the OPEC kingpin posted a surplus of 224 billion riyals ($59.7 billion) — a gain realized on the back on increased oil sales as it upped its output to offset declines from Libya.

King Abdullah announced a roughly $130 billion spending plan early in the year, benefiting lower income segments of the population. The move came as a wave of popular unrest swept through the Arab world.