The Taliban has announced the names of several members of a new caretaker
government in Afghanistan led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund.
The list of cabinet members announced by chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahidat
a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday was dominated by members of the group’s
old guard, with no women included.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office, will be the deputy
leader while Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network, has been
named as interior minister.
Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has been named
as defence minister. Hedayatullah Badri will be the acting minister of finance, while
Amir Khan Muttaqi, a Taliban negotiator in Doha, was named foreign minister.
“The Islamic Emirate decided to appoint and announce a caretaker cabinet to carry
out the necessary government works,” said Mujahid, who named 33 members of “the
new Islamic government” and said the remaining posts will be announced after
Mujahid stressed the cabinet was an “acting” government and that the group will “try
to take people from other parts of the country”.
Akhund, the leader of the new government, served as governor of Kandahar province
during the Taliban’s first reign in the 1990s.
He was a close aide to the group’s co-founder Mullah Omar and held the position of
deputy foreign minister.
“It’s also important to say that a lot of these names, the vast majority of them are
actually, Pashtun and are not taking into consideration, arguably critics would say,
the vast great ethnic diversity of this country.”
Commenting on the Taliban’s announcement, Obaidullah Baheer, of the American
University of Afghanistan said it did not do “their cause for international recognition