Comment: Aha, I wonder why others cannot just copy

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Aha, I wonder why others cannot just copy

and live in prosperity.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian finance minister in the West Bank has announced his resignation in a show of frustration over the government's widening budget deficit.

Nabil Qassis told reporters Sunday that the Palestinian Authority's 2013 budget deficit is expected to reach $1.4 billion. He says he decided to step down after politicians and labor unions objected to a number of proposed austerity measures.

The Palestinian Authority, the self-rule government in the West Bank, has been struggling with a financial crisis in recent years due to the failure by Arab allies to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in promised assistance.