Taliban name new Afghan government

The Taliban announced its new government Tuesday, naming Mullah Hasan Akhund - an associate of the movement's late founder Mullah Omar - as acting Prime Minister.

Akhund was the foreign minister, and then deputy prime minister, during the Taliban’s rule in the late 90s.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be deputy.

Barader was responsible for attacks on coalition forces, according to the U.N., and served eight years in prison in Pakistan.

Later he became one of the group's most prominent political leaders, in the peace talks with the United States.

The new interior minister will be Sarajuddin Haqqani - son of the founder of the Haqqani network, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.

The Taliban have repeatedly sought to reassure Afghans and foreign countries that they will not return to the brutality of their last reign two decades ago, marked by punishments and the barring of women and girls from public life.

But Tuesday’s announcement – that a group of established Taliban figures would be filling prominent governing roles - did not appear to signal a brand new start.

Nor did the group’s response to protests earlier in the day - when Taliban gunmen fired into the air to scatter protesters in Kabul… as hundreds of men and women shouted slogans like ‘Long live the resistance.’

UNNAMED AFGHAN: "These people (Taliban) are very unjust, and they are not human at all. They do not give us the right to demonstrate; they are not Muslims but infidels, as you can see the situation we are in.”

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