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Saddam Appoints Foreign Minister

August 4, 2001

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ President Saddam Hussein appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Naji Sabri as the new foreign minister Saturday, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.

The post had been vacant since April, when Saddam reassigned Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, who had served as foreign minister since 1993, as information minister.

Deputy Prime Minster Tariq Aziz had been serving as acting foreign minister.

Saddam frequently reshuffles his Cabinet, giving no reason for dismissals or appointments.

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