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Taliban give Afghanistan a new name - NEWS.com.au

Chaos is unfolding as the first controversial Taliban names to lead a new government in Afghanistan are revealed. Plus, the country has a new name.

Chaos is unfolding in Afghanistan as the first Taliban names who will lead a new government after the West’s withdrawal have been announced, including one “terrorist” wanted by the FBI and another by the United Nations.

The group announced the changes in a presser overnight after it delayed the formation of government twice, reportedly struggling within the organisation on how to manage the new administration under the world’s watchful eye.

Meanwhile another Taliban official told the BBC Afghanistan is “now officially the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”.

The group’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the decision came after “deep, deep consultation with elders”.

The announcement came hours after the Taliban reportedly fired shots in the air to disperse protesters, with footage showing members of the group holding guns and threatening women.

Despite the formation the group has claimed the new government are only “acting” and not “final”, despite the top posts have been given to those who helped the Taliban grow back its domination over the past two decades.

It is unclear for how long the men will hold their new posts or when the country could expect a change.

Many suggest the Taliban have paid tribute to the “old guard”, with many of the positions going to those who dominated the battle against the West.

Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund will lead the new Taliban government as Prime Minister while the group’s co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, will be one of two deputy leaders.

Hasan currently controls the Taliban’s powerful and decision-making leadership council – Rahbari Shura – which acts similar to a government which coordinates and runs all the group’s affairs subject to the approval of the insurgent group’s head, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada. He also was the head of the Taliban government in Kabul in the last years of its rule and is on a UN terror list.

Experts have described it as the “biggest promotion” for Akhund.

Baradar is currently Chairman of Taliban’s Political Office in Doha and helped sign the withdrawal deal between the US and the Taliban.

Sarajuddin Haqqani, the new acting interior minister, is a senior leader of the Haqqani network, according to the FBI, who describe him as “a specially designated global terrorist”. He has a US$5 million bounty on his head.

The Acting Minister of Defense, Mullah Yaqoub, is the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, who died in 2013. He is also one of the deputy leaders of the Taliban since 2016.

“We know the people of our country have been waiting for a new government,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a press conference overnight.

There are notably no women in the new government.

Meanwhile footage posted to social media shows clashes between the group and protesters in Kabul, with multiple reports of violence against women.

Dozens of women were among the crowd surrounding the presidential palace with one sign reading: “I am a mother when you kill my son you kill a part of me.”

Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad posting footage of women reportedly locked inside a bank by the Taliban.

In separate footage, a group of Afghan women are seen holding placards and protesting in the street, shouting” women’s rights are human rights”.

In another a Taliban member is seen pointing a gun at a woman at a protest against Pakistan in Kabul. Demonstrators had gathered outside the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul the country of aiding the Taliban against their opponents, specifically in the northern Panjshir province.

“To those who claim that the Taliban has changed. Here you can see the true face of the Taliban. We women came to the streets with empty hands; we only had our cameras, but they have guns and bullets,” Alinejad said.

According to the Associated Press the Taliban “fired into the air to disperse protesters and arrested several journalists, the second time in less than a week the group used heavy-handed tactics to break up a demonstration in the Afghan capital of Kabul.”

A journalist was also reportedly arrested with the Associated Press describing the Taliban “waving Kalashnikov rifles” and taking a microphone from a journalist.

The then “began beating him with it, breaking the microphone. The journalist was later handcuffed and detained for several hours.

“This is the third time I have been beaten by the Taliban covering protests,” he told the publication.

“I won’t go again to cover a demonstration. It’s too difficult for me.”

When questioned, Mujahid claimed the protests weren’t authorised and blame foreign forces: “We will not allow illegal protests.”

“We will control protests that are co-ordinated from abroad. Our police are not trained in dealing with protests. We call on the media and others to protest according to rules.”

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