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Afghanistan. Taliban government – first ministers

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The Taliban began to form a government and appointed their first ministers: finance and home affairs. They also appointed an intelligence chief, said the Afghan Pajhwok Agency. The Russian agency RIA Novosti reports that Afghanistan is to be ruled by a 12-person council.

In Tuesday’s message, the Afghan Pajhwok Agency announced that Gul Agha would be in charge of finances, Sadr Ibrahim would deal with internal affairs, and that Najibullah was appointed head of the intelligence service (full name has not been disclosed).

The information from the Afghan agency also shows that the governor of the province of Kabul Mullah Shirin has been appointed, and Hamdullah Nomani will be the mayor of the capital itself.


The Russian agency RIA Novosti, citing its own sources, announced that Afghanistan will be managed by a 12-person council. It will include the head of the Taliban political office, Abdul Ghani Baradar, and former president Hamid Karzai. The list also includes the names of the head of Afghan diplomacy Hanif Atmar, the chairman of the Afghan National Reconciliation Council Abdullah Abdullah and the leader of the Islamic group Gulbuddin Hekmatjar. The remaining candidatures are “in the process of being agreed”.

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The RIA Novosti interlocutor said that regarding the formation of the council, “there is no information yet about the head of state, Ashraf Ghani, who has left the country.”

After the capture of Kabul

On August 15, the Taliban took power over Afghanistan, winning Kabul. Since then, the diplomatic staff of foreign representations and nationals from all over the world have been evacuated from the Kabul airport.

Many Afghans, who are afraid to live in a country ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, are also trying to flee the country. Thousands of people who want to leave the country flock to and around the airport. US forces, which are to leave Afghanistan by the end of August, are responsible for controlling flights and security at the airport.

Main photo source: STRINGER / PAP / EPA

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