On 8 September, EurActiv and others reported that the Taliban included an associate of the Islamist militant group’s founder as premier and a wanted man on a US terrorism list as interior minister. It is said that Mullah Hasan Akhund, named as prime minister, like many in the Taliban leadership derives much of his prestige from his close link to the movement’s reclusive late founder Mullah Omar, who presided over its rule two decades ago. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the new interior minister, is the son of the founder of the Haqqani network, classified as a terrorist group by Washington.
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