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Taliban starts govt formation; appoints FM and intelligence chief

It said Gul Agha would be the finance minister and Sadr Ibrahim would be the acting interior minister

People arrive at a processing centre for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan in Virginia. US agencies are rushing to complete security vetting of thousands of Afghanistan citizens who are in line to be relocated. (Photo: Reuters)
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People arrive at a processing centre for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan in Virginia. US agencies are rushing to complete security vetting of thousands of Afghanistan citizens who are in line to be relocated. (Photo: Reuters)

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The Taliban have appointed a new finance minister, an intelligence chief, and an acting interior minister in Afghanistan, the Pajhwok news agency reported on Tuesday.
 
It said Gul Agha would be the finance minister and Sadr Ibrahim would be the acting interior minister. Najibullah would be intelligence chief, while Mullah Shirin would be Kabul governor and Hamdullah Nomani the mayor of the capital. The Taliban appointed an obscure official as acting central bank governor as signs emerge of a financial crunch in Afghanistan, with ATMs running out of cash and prices of essential goods spiraling.
 
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First Published: Aug 25 2021 | 1:49 AM IST

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