Taliban announces new government

The Taliban announced Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as the new prime minister, while other key members were appointed to key positions.

The announcement was made by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference to announce the first members of the government at the Government Information and Communication Center in Kabul today. Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will serve as deputy prime minister.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul on September 6.  Photo: AFP.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul on September 6. Photo: AFP.

Mullah Yaqub, son of Taliban founder and late supreme leader Mullah Omar, was appointed Defense Minister. The position of Interior Minister was given to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network and also the deputy leader of the Taliban.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban’s representative to the United States in Doha, Qatar, and a member of the Taliban regime’s cabinet when it first took power more than 20 years ago, has been appointed foreign minister.

“The cabinet is not complete, it is only temporary. We will try to appoint people from other parts of the country,” Mujahid said.

Ahmadullah Wasiq, the official of the Taliban’s cultural committee, previously announced on Twitter that they would announce a new government before holding a formal ceremony. Several cabinet members will also be announced.

The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan last month, pledging to form an “inclusive” government that represents Afghanistan’s complex ethnic makeup. Moving from insurgency to power, the Taliban faces a host of major problems, including lurking humanitarian and financial crises.

Huyen Le (Follow AFP)

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