Saturday, March 23, 1991

Saddam Hussein shuffles his cabinet, elevating the only Shiite in senior gov't. position, Saadoun Hammadi to P.M. Deputy P.M. and F.M. Tarik Aziz is relieved of F.M. post and replaced by Ahmad Hussein Khudayyir. U.S. dismisses moves as insignificant because "Saddam Hussein still appears to be calling the shots" [NYT, WP 3/24; BADS 3/23 in FBIS 3/25; CSM 3/25; MET 4/2].

Arab man stabs and wounds Jewish couple on their farm north of Tel Aviv; IDF shoots dead 19-year-old Palestinian who was with demonstrators outside Tulkarm [NYT 3/24].

Deputy P.M. Aziz arrives in Amman for talks with King Hussein [MET 4/2]