In mid-August, the Taliban captured the Afghan capital of Kabul and took power after the withdrawal of NATO international forces. They formed a transitional government in early September with Akhund as Prime Minister. Millions of Afghans have since lost their main source of income. UN agencies warn of a humanitarian crisis in the country.
In his speech, Akhund said the Taliban kept their promises by continuing their fight against foreign forces until an Islamic government was formed and the country stabilized. He stated that there were famines, unemployment and price hikes in the country before the militant Islamists came to power. The economic crisis could be resolved if some $9 billion (almost $8 billion) of the Afghan central bank’s reserves, most of which is parked in the United States, were released.
The international community had asked the regime to form a largely representative government and to respect human and women’s rights. Akhund said his government is open to all and women’s rights are respected. However, in the current administration, more than 90 percent of government officials are from one ethnic group. In addition, there are no women in it.