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Taliban announced new government in Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani as the Prime Minister

TalibanMullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, speaks at a signing ceremony between Afghanistan's Taliban and the U.S. in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari

It’s almost 22 days since the Taliban took over the control of Afghanistan. On Tuesday, they announced a caretaker government in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The interim government paid homage to the old guard of the group by giving top posts to Taliban personalities who dominated the 20-year battle against the US-led coalition and its Afghan government allies.

The Taliban named Mullah Hasan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan’s new government, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political office, as his deputy. Sarajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network will be the new interior minister. Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed acting foreign minister, Mullah Yaqoob as acting defense minister, and Abas Stanikzai as acting deputy in foreign minister in the new Afghan government, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday.

During the announcement to the Cabinet for the new Afghan Government, spokesman Mujahid said that all the appointments were for an interim government. Although he did not further elaborate on how long they would serve. There has been no indication regarding holding elections in the country by the Taliban up till now.

According to the Taliban, the new government will work diligently to uphold the Sharia laws.  In a written statement, the current acting Prime Minister congratulated Afghans for the “withdrawal of all foreign forces, end of the occupation and complete liberation of the country” and said that the new government will work towards upholding Sharia law in Afghanistan.

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