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        9/7/2012, Elul 20, 5772

      Abbas: I'm Responsible for Economic Distress

      Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) defended Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Thursday, following demonstrations against PA economic policy, in which Fayyad came in for the brunt of the criticism.

      Abu-Mazen said the government is subject to his instructions and he was responsible. He justified the residents' demands to reduce prices and to pay salaries on time but added that it is not in his hands due to a lack of budget.