The Taliban announced the composition of the new Afghan government. Hassan Achund has been appointed the new prime minister of the country, a spokesman for the militants said. The leader of the Taliban political structures and one of the founders of the mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar movement will become the deputy head of the government. Sarajuddin Hakkani, the leader of the Hakkani network wanted by the FBI, was appointed interior minister.
The Taliban seized power in the country in August, taking advantage of the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. After the capture of Kabul, they announced the formation of a new government several times. On Tuesday, a spokesman for militants Zabihullah Mujahid announced its composition.
– Hassan Achund – nominated as head of government.
– Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – nominated as deputy prime minister. Baradar is the leader of the Taliban political structures and one of the founders of the movement.
– Sarajuddin Hakkani – nominated for the function of Minister of the Interior. Hakkani is the leader of the Hakkani network, an organization recognized by the US as terrorist. The new minister himself is wanted by the FBI.
– Mullah Jacob – nominated as the minister of defense.
– Amir Chan Muttaki – nominated as the minister of foreign affairs.
– Abas Stanikzai – nominated as deputy minister of foreign affairs
The government is dominated “by the old guard” of Taliban fighters. There is currently no information that any functions in the new government would be performed by persons from outside the Taliban movement.
Taliban leader in Afghanistan
After taking control of Kabul and taking control of almost all of Afghanistan, the Taliban promised a more moderate form of Islamic rule than when they ruled the country from 1996-2001. However, many Afghans, especially women, have embraced these promises with deep skepticism and fear the revocation of rights acquired over the past two decades.
Meanwhile, in late August, a Taliban spokesman reported that Mullah Haybatullah Ahundzadeh’s supreme leader of militants was in Afghanistan’s Kandahar. The Taliban have a long tradition of keeping their leaders in the shade, the AFP agency reminds. Mullah Omar, founder, first leader of the movement and de facto head of state, was rarely in Kabul during Afghanistan during the Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001.
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