New government, new leader!
Three weeks after taking control of the country, the Taliban has announced the appointment of Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as the new head of the Afghan interim government. Akhund is on the UN blacklist and was previously the foreign minister and the deputy minister during the Taliban’s old regime from 1996-2001.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office is now the deputy leader while Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son and the founder of the Haqqani Network, has been elected as the new interior minister. Whereas, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, is the new defence minister.
Mujahid said that as of now, 33 members have been announced and the remaining posts will be decided and announced soon. He said, “The Islamic Emirate decided to appoint and announce a caretaker cabinet to carry out the necessary government works.” He added that the acting government will try to take more people from other sides of Afghanistan.
Zabihullah Mujahid announced the list of cabinet members. The list included no women, making it a male-centric government.
Do you think Akhund’s appointment as the new head of Afghanistan bodes well for the country?