Shepparton News

Taliban names government

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KABUL: The Taliban has announced a new caretaker government for Afghanista­n, naming Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund as the acting prime minister.

‘‘The Islamic Emirate decided to appoint and announce a caretaker cabinet to carry out the necessary government works,’’ Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in Kabul. Mujahid named 33 members of ‘‘the new Islamic government’’.

The group named Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi as Akhund’s first and second deputies.

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