The Taliban finalized this Friday the formation of a government in Afghanistan that will be subjected to an intense analysis by the international community to see if they fulfill the promises of greater tolerance, especially towards women.
The cabinet announcement was initially expected after the Friday afternoon prayer, but eventually will not be given at least until Saturday.
In principle, the radical Islamist movement faces the challenge of moving from being an insurgent group to administering power just days after the definitive withdrawal of United States troops after two decades of war.
The truth is that in the international community there is still caution and suspicion towards the new Afghan leaders. The United Nations announced the resumption of its humanitarian flights from Pakistan to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif (north) and Kandahar (south).
Qatar, for its part, confirmed that it is working with the new Afghan authorities to reopen Kabul airport, key to get humanitarian aid to the capital.
Meanwhile, Western Union and Moneygram companies reactivated their money transfer services in the country, on which many Afghan recipients of remittances from emigrated relatives depend.
Also, according to a Taliban spokesman, the Chinese Foreign Ministry promised to keep its embassy open in Kabul and to improve relations.
In an attempt to rebuild their international image, the new Afghan leaders promised a more open regime The one they led between 1996 and 2001, known for the brutal application of Islamic law and its treatment of women, who were prohibited from studying, working or going out without the company of a man.
The focus is now on whether the Taliban can form a government capable of running a war-torn economy and honor their promises of a government. “inclusive”.
There is much speculation about its manufacture, although a senior official indicated this week that it will hardly include women.
In the western city of Herat, about fifty women took to the streets on Thursday in an unusual protest to claim their right to work and to criticize the exclusion of women from the new government. “It is our duty to have education, work and security,” the protesters chanted in unison. “We are not afraid, we are united,” they added.
Women’s rights is just one of the multiple challenges of the new government. In Kabul, many citizens were concerned about the country’s economic difficulties.
The United Nations warned earlier this week of an imminent “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan, and called for those who so wish to leave the country guaranteed.
With information from AFP