Afghanistan, September 7, 2021: Taliban name hard-line interim government


1) Jacques Follorou, “En Afghanistan, la vieille garde talibane prend les rênes du gouvernement provisoire; La nouvelle équipe dirigeante, uniquement composée d’hommes et annoncée quelques heures après que le mouvement islamiste a repris la vallée du Panchir, consacre le poids des conservateurs,” Le Monde, le 8 septembre 2021 (5h57, mis à jour à 06h22.

2) Ángeles Espinosa, “Los talibanes esbozan un Gobierno formado solo con miembros del ala dura y sin mujeres; El régimen no ofrece señales de integración en su Ejecutivo, que incluirá en Defensa al hijo del mulá Omar y en Interior al líder de una milicia considerada terrorista por EE UU,” El País, el 8 de setiembre 2021 (4:27 CET).

3) Ángeles Espinosa ((Kabul), “Los talibanes anuncian el núcleo duro de su Gobierno; El portavoz no ha precisado si el líder supremo de los fundamentalistas, Hibatullah Akhundzada, ocupará la jefatura del Estado. Sus tres adjuntos serán viceprimer ministro y titulares de Defensa e Interior,” El País, el 7 de setiembre 2021 (16:27 CET).

4) Staff and agencies in Kabul, “Taliban name Afghanistan’s new government; Key positions given to figures who dominated 20-year battle against US-led coalition, The Guardian, September 7, 2021 (16:42).

Jacques Follorou of Le Monde and Ångeles Espinosa of El País continue to provide the best-informed and most insightful coverage of the Taliban’s competing factions and the government they are forming.

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