La Jornada newspaper
Friday, September 3, 2021, p. 27

Kabul. The Taliban announced yesterday that it is about to form a new government that will face enormous economic challenges, as dozens of women held a demonstration in Afghanistan for their right to work.

Islamist militants, who have promised a more open management than during their rigorous government between 1996-2001, went from being an insurgent group to directly exercising power.

The cabinet announcement – which two Taliban sources told the Afp news agency could come today – will take place a few days after the chaotic departure of the United States forces from the country.

One of the most symbolic moments since the Taliban seized power in Kabul on August 15 were the parades of their militants with the Western military material captured during their withering campaign. They even flew a Black Hawk helicopter over Kandahar, the spiritual stronghold of the Taliban.

Now all eyes are on the new Taliban cabinet, and whether it will be able to straighten out a devastated economy and honor its commitment to an inclusive government.

According to a senior Taliban chief, there may be no women in charge of ministries or in positions of responsibility.

During their period in power between 1996 and 2001, marked by strict application of Islamic law, women disappeared from the Afghan public space.

Meanwhile, in the town of Herat, cosmopolitan capital of western Afghanistan, fifty women staged an unusual demonstration to claim their right to work and request participation in the new Executive.

It is our right to have education, work and security, they chanted. We are not afraid, we are united

Among the 122,000 people – Afghans and foreigners – who fled Afghanistan in recent weeks thanks to evacuations organized by Westerners, was the first Afghan journalist to interview a Taliban chief live on television.

Beseshta Arghand, a journalist for the private channel Tolo News, fled to Qatar, fearing for her life when the Islamists seized power.

I want to ask the international community: please do something for the Afghans, he told Afp.

Abdul Salam Hanafi, a member of the political bureau of the Islamist group in Doha, reported that Wu Jianghao, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, told him in Qatar that Beijing will keep its embassy open in Kabul, and will continue and increase its aid. humanitarian, in particular for the treatment of Covid-19.