Taliban announce ‘interim government’ in Afghanistan

Baku, September 8, AZERTAC

Just weeks after capturing the capital Kabul, the Taliban on Tuesday announced an “interim government” in Afghanistan to be led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, according to Anadolu Agency.

Zabiullah Mujahid announced the long-awaited 33-member cabinet one day after the Taliban said they had taken full control of the country.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi are set to serve as Akhund’s deputies, Mujahid told a news conference in Kabul's Information Ministry building.

Haqqani network head Sarajuddin Haqqani will be acting interior minister, and Amir Khan Muttaqi has been named acting foreign minister.

Mullah Yaqoob was named acting defense minister, with Zabihullah as acting culture and communications minister.

After today’s phase one, more ministry officials will be named in phase two, said Zabihullah, adding that a ministry of women's affairs is being considered.

Hassan Akhund, a founding Taliban member and head of its influential leadership council or Rehbari Shura, said they included people from different ethnic backgrounds in the interim government, with no discrimination.

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