On Tuesday, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid announced members of the “acting” government, saying that it will be led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund while the group’s co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy Afghan leader.
New ministers of Afghanistan:
- Taliban’s deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqqani will be the interior minister.
- Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed as Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister.
- Mullah Yaqoob was appointed as acting Defense Minister in the new Afghan government.
- Political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai will be the acting deputy foreign minister.
Mujahid added further, “the heads of various other ministries will be appointed soon, and all groups have been represented in the cabinet.”
According to Taliban spokesperson Afghanistan had “gained freedom,” stressing that “only the will of Afghans” will be applicable in the country. Mujahid pointed out, “After today, no one will be able to interfere in Afghanistan.”
In response to a question, the spokesperson said the country will now be called the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. From the end of August, since the United States-led evacuation was completed, the Taliban was expected to announce a new government. The Taliban had been in contact with various countries and their envoys had visited Afghanistan.
An “inclusive” government has been promised to represent Afghanistan’s complex ethnic makeup — though women are unlikely to be included at the top levels. Whereas the Taliban has to face a series of major issues to address, including looming financial and humanitarian crises as they transition from a rebellion group to governing power.