Taliban Names 'Acting' Government Leaders
Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader, according to chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The Taliban named UN-sanctioned Taliban veteran Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund as the new government's leader on Tuesday, while also appointing some of the movement's top members to critical positions.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, would be the deputy leader, according to chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
Mullah Yaqub, the son of Taliban founder and late supreme leader Mullah Omar, was chosen defence minister, while Sirajuddin Haqqani, the commander of the notorious Haqqani network who also served as a Taliban deputy leader, was named interior minister. "The cabinet isn't complete; it's only acting," Mujahid stated at Kabul's Government Information and Media Centre.
"We'll aim to get individuals from all throughout the country."
Since the end of August, when the US-led evacuation was finished, hardline Islamists, who stormed to power last month, have been expected to declare a government.
They've vowed an "inclusive" administration that reflects Afghanistan's diverse ethnic mix, though women are unlikely to be represented at the top. Amir Khan Muttaqi, a former member of the first regime's cabinet and a Taliban negotiator in Doha, has been designated, foreign minister.
The Taliban face several severe challenges as they move from insurgent group to ruling force, including imminent financial and humanitarian disasters.