KABUL: The government of Taliban in Afghanistan has announced to cancel its oath-taking ceremony to avoid wasting resources and money.
Earlier, Taliban had announced that the government members would take oath on September 11, the day of anniversary of 9/11 attacks in America.
“The Islamic Emirate has canceled the swearing-in ceremony to avoid wasteness,” read the statement issued by the government.
On September 7, the Afghan Taliban had announced a caretaker cabinet for new government in Afghanistan, giving top positions to its senior figures.
Declaring the country as Islamic Emirate, the group had 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.