New Taliban government begins work as protests grow
10 September 2021 | 6:12 am
As the Taliban transitions from militant force to governing power, the Taliban are already facing opposition to their rule, with scattered protests -- many with women at the forefront -- breaking out in Kabul. A new Taliban interim government drawn exclusively from loyalist ranks has formally began work, with established hardliners in all key posts and no women -– despite previous promises to form an inclusive administration for all Afghans.
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