The Taliban have announced a provisional government in Afghanistan, led by one of its founders. Among the advertisements, there are no women and their members all belong to the insurgent formation. The announcement comes on the same day that hundreds of Afghans, many of them women, have demonstrated in various parts of the country.
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The new cabinet pays tribute to the old guard of the group, giving high positions to Taliban personalities who dominated the 20-year battle against the US-led coalition and its allies of the Afghan government, reports the AP agency.
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund becomes the new president, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as his right-hand man, as revealed by the main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, at a press conference in Kabul.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led the negotiations with the US, had sounded strong as president of Afghanistan. Akhund has been a member of the Taliban leadership for two decades and one of its founders, but the leader of the interim government, although highly respected in training, is less known than the rest of the announced ministers.
“We know that the people of our country have been waiting for a new government,” said Zabihullah Mujahid. All appointments are acting, said the spokesman, who has not given details on how long they will be.
The Interior Minister will be Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani network, founded by his father designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of the movement’s late Supreme Leader Mullah Omar, has been appointed Defense Minister.
The ministers announced by the spokesperson thus belong to the hierarchy of the insurgent formation and all are mullahs or religious figures. No women or outsiders appear on the list. The Taliban had promised an “inclusive” government with non-training members to represent all of Afghan society, a requirement of the international community. Asked why no women have been announced, Ahmadullah Wasiq of the Taliban Cultural Commission told the BBC that the cabinet is not finished yet.
The Taliban took control of almost all of Afghanistan with the conquest of Kabul on August 15, and since then the announcement of who will be the next leaders of a large, geographically and ethnically diverse country has been awaited. They had remarked that Afghanistan “will not be a democracy.” So far, they have given no indication that they will hold elections.
According to EFE, the main spokesman for the insurgent formation has not given any details about what will be the role of the supreme leader of the Taliban since 2016, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, who is considered, although not yet officially, the new supreme chief. Afghanistan spiritual.
Day of protests
Several towns in Afghanistan have seen protests on Tuesday in support of the resistance against the Taliban that have resulted in arrests of protesters and journalists and reports of attacks by insurgents.
This is the largest show of public rejection against the fundamentalist formation since its fighters took control of the vast majority of the country at the end of a rapid offensive during the final withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
In Kabul, hundreds of women and men have taken to the streets with flags and banners to demand “freedom” and show their support for the National Resistance Front (NRF) in the northern province of Panjshir, a day after the Taliban announced the conquest of this last opposition stronghold in the country.