Taliban announce framework of caretaker government

The Taliban have unveiled a caretaker government in Afghanistan, with their members dominating key positions.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid announced the names of about 30 Cabinet ministers and senior officials on Tuesday. He stressed that the appointments were for an interim government.

It will be led by Mullah Hasan Akhund, who has been named the acting prime minister. He is close to the Taliban's supreme leader Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who had led talks with the US, was named acting first deputy prime minister.
He is the group's number-two leader.

Mullah Mohammed Yaqoob has been appointed as acting defense minister. He is a son of the Taliban's first supreme leader Mullah Omar.

Sirajuddin Haqqani has been named acting interior minister. He is the leader of the Haqqani Network, which the United States designates as a terrorist organization. He is also on a UN sanctions list and on a wanted list of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Although the Taliban have said they will form an inclusive government made up of representatives of various groups, the lineup does not include any women.

The spokesperson said more appointments will be made later.

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, they restricted women's rights and oppressed ethnic minorities.

Many people have been trying to flee the country since the Taliban gained control of most of Afghanistan last month.