MONITORING DESK: The Taliban, who recently announced an interim government after taking control of Afghanistan, have cancelled the inauguration ceremony, according to a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission.
“The new Afghan government’s inauguration ceremony had been cancelled a few days ago,” Inamullah Samangani, the Taliban member said on the microblogging website.
“To avoid further confusion, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban refer to themselves) announced the part of the Cabinet, which has already begun working.”
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Inamullah did not specify a future date for the event.
Several foreign and regional media outlets previously reported that the Taliban are making arrangements for the inaugural of the new Afghan government on September 11, 2021 – the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.
According to media reports, several countries including Russia, Iran, China, Qatar, and Pakistan were invited to the ceremony. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the invitation, said that Russia would not take part in the Taliban-government ceremony in any capacity.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had on Tuesday announced the first members of a new “acting” government, three weeks after the group swept into full power with the takeover of Kabul.
“The cabinet is not complete, it is just acting,” Zabihullah Mujahid had said in a press conference at the Government Information and Media Centre in Kabul.
“We will try to take people from other parts of the country,” he had added.
The list for the interim government contains 33 names. Some of the key appointments are outlined below:
Taliban veteran, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund – acting prime minister
Taliban co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – acting deputy prime minister
Taliban negotiator in Doha, Amir Khan Muttaqi – acting foreign minister
Abas Stanikzai – acting deputy foreign minister
Son of Taliban founder and late supreme leader Mullah Omar, Mullah Yaqoob – acting defense minister
Leader of the feared Haqqani network, Sirajuddin Haqqani – acting interior minister