“Akhund is longtime chief of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body Rehbari Shura, or leadership council,” Reuters added.
“He was foreign minister and then deputy prime minister when the Taliban were last in power and, like many of the incoming Cabinet, is under U.N. sanctions for his role in that government.”
The new interior minister will be Sirajuddin Haqqani.
“Haqqani is on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $5 million bounty on his head and is believed to still be holding at least one American hostage,” the Associated Press reported.
“He headed the feared Haqqani network that is blamed for many deadly attacks and kidnappings.”
“The Haqqani network, which dominates most of eastern Afghanistan, has been blamed for dramatic attacks in Kabul in the past two decades and for orchestrating kidnappings, often of Americans,” the AP noted. “Washington believes it still holds Mark Frerichs, a civilian contractor, who was abducted in January 2020 and hasn’t been heard from since.”
Abdul Salam Hanafi, second deputy prime minister. He’s an ethnic Uzbek and a member of Taliban’s political office in Doha, Qatar. He was deputy minister of education when the Taliban last ruled between 1996-2001.
Amir Khan Muttaqi as acting foreign minister. He’s an ethnic Pasthun from Helmand province and was a senior member of Taliban’s political office and negotiation team in Doha.
Hedayatullah Badri as acting finance minister. Little is known about Badri.
Din Mohammad as acting economy minister. An ethnic Tajik, he was also a member of Taliban’s negotiation team in Doha. He was the minister for planning and higher education during the Taliban’s previous rule.
Mohammad Idris as acting governor of the central bank. Idris headed the Taliban’s economic commission. Little else is known about him, including his education background and professional qualifications in dealing with monetary, currency and banking policy.
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