0148 GMT May 23, 2022
Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader and Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network, has been named as interior minister, chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday.
Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has been named as defence minister. Hedayatullah Badri will be the acting minister of finance, while Amir Khan Muttaqi, a Taliban negotiator in Doha, was named foreign minister, according to Al Jazeera.
Mujahid said the group decided to appoint and announce a caretaker cabinet to carry out the necessary government works.
Mujahid named 33 members of the new government and said the remaining posts will be announced after careful deliberation.
He stressed that the cabinet was an “acting” government and that the group will “try to take people from other parts of the country”.
The announcement comes a week after the United States completed its withdrawal, ending its 20-year occupation of the country.
The Taliban had promised an “inclusive” government that represents Afghanistan’s complex ethnic makeup – though women are unlikely to be included at the top levels.