KABUL: Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund has been named as Afghanistan’s new acting head of state.
The Taliban, who swept into Kabul on August 15 following a lightning offensive that decimated the former Afghan army, have pledged a more moderate brand of rule than in their first stint in power in 1996-2001.
Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, the spokesperson said that the Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar has been named as the acting deputy Afghan leader.
Mullah Yaqub, the son of the Taliban founder and late supreme leader Mullah Omar, was named defence minister, while the position of interior minister was given to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the feared Haqqani network who also doubled up as a Taliban deputy leader.
“The cabinet is not complete, it is just acting,” Mujahid said at the government Information and Media Centre in Kabul. “We will try to take people from other parts of the country.”