Highlights:
• The Taliban announced a cabinet expansion on September 21
• However, the representatives from the ethnic minority communities have not been given any significant post in the newly expanded government
• All the representatives are fresh faces, and a major share of power has been given to Haqqani and Baradar factions
• The cabinet consists of only one representative from the Hazara community, three representatives from Tajiks community, and one representative from Uzbeks community

The Taliban announced a cabinet expansion on September 21 to show the international community that they have opted for an inclusive government. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson, said that the cabinet expansion included members from ethnic minorities such as Hazaras and Tajiks.

However, the representatives from the ethnic minority communities have not been given any significant post in the newly expanded government, all the representatives are fresh faces, and a major share of power has been given to Haqqani and Baradar factions. The Taliban have not included any woman in the cabinet, and the cabinet remains monopolistic even in the case of ethnic minorities. Hamid Karzai, and Abdullah Abdullah, the former presidents of Afghanistan, have not been given any role in the cabinet.

The cabinet consists of 50 members, however, only one representative from the Hazara community, three from Tajiks, and one from Uzbeks were included.

Tajik representative Haji Ghulam Ghaus has been appointed as the deputy minister of disaster management, and another Tajik named Haji Nooruddin Azizi has been appointed as acting minister of commerce. Haji Mohammad Bashir, who also belongs to the Tajik community, has been appointed as the deputy minister of commerce.

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