The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday announced a caretaker cabinet for new government in Afghanistan, giving top positions to its senior figures.
Declaring the country as Islamic Emirate, the group has appointed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund acting prime minister who will lead the new cabinet.
Blacklisted by the United Nations, Mullah Akhund is one of the founding members of the Taliban movement. He had closer ties with Mullah Omar, the late head of former Taliban regime.
Second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar also known as Mullah Baradar will hold the post of deputy leader. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, has been named as defence minister.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani Network, will be the interior minister while Amir Khan Muttaqi, who was the part of the negotiation team in Doha, will be the country’s new foreign minister.
Speaking to media in Kabul, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said: “The Islamic Emirate decided to appoint and announce a caretaker cabinet to carry out the necessary government works.”
However, the Taliban cabinet has 33 members with no representation of women and Hazara minority. The spokesman said the remaining posts would be announced after careful deliberation.
The Taliban had vowed to make an “inclusive” government when the group claimed its regime after 20 years of war.
Earlier, the Taliban declared Afghanistan a “free and sovereign” country after the United States Armed forces left the country on August 31 after two decades of war.
Starting war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after signing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.