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Taliban: Government Formation Belongs to Afghans

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KABUL: The Islamic Movement of the Taliban says that the formation of the government and system belongs to the Afghans. The movement stressed that the new government will be led by their leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.

“We will not allow anyone to interfere in the Afghan affairs,” said, a spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid. “Name of the system, formation of the system, and type of the system belongs to the Afghans.”

A member of the Taliban cultural commission, Inam Samangani said that the new Islamic government “under the title of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan officially begun activities.”

The Taliban late Tuesday announced their 33 member cabinet, but no woman was included. The cabinet is led by Mullah Hassan Akhundzada. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi are appointed as deputy heads of the cabinet.

65 years old, Mullah Hassan Akhund is from Shah Wali Kot district of southern Kandahar province. He worked as foreign minister and governor of Kandahar in the first tenure of the Taliban government.

The announcement of the Taliban Islamic Movement’s interim cabinet faced various types of reactions by the world countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country would follow the development in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of State said in a statement that the Afghans deserve an inclusive government.

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