Among the ministers is a man wanted by the FBI.
KABUL -The Taliban announced on Tuesday the establishment of an interim Afghan government composed only of men and without great ethnic diversity.
Among the ministers are many veterans of the regime that was ousted in 2001 under the Bush administration.
Acting Prime Minister Mullah Hasan Akhund had already led the government in Kabul during the last years of the Taliban’s rule before their ouster by US forces. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led the talks with the United States and signed the agreement that led to the withdrawal, will be one of Akhund’s two deputies.
A team which, from the outset, seems unlikely to gain the support of Western countries.
For example, in the key post of Home Secretary is an individual who is on the FBI’s most wanted list, the powerful US Federal Police. This is Sirajuddin Haqqani, whose head has so far been priced at $ 5 million.
Another weakness of this government is its ethnic composition, which shows little diversity. Most of the ministers are of the Pashtun ethnic group, the majority in Afghanistan.
During the government’s announcement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the appointments were temporary. However, he did not specify the length of their term or what might trigger a change.
Since taking control of Afghanistan in mid-August, following the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban has never raised the possibility of holding an election.
Afghanistan currently depends on foreign aid for at least 80% of its budget.