Mullah Hassan Akhund to assume PM office after two-month absence

The Taliban’s Prime Minister, Mullah Hassan Akhund, will assume office in Kabul after two-month medical treatment and rest, the group has said.

Bilal Karimi, Taliban’s deputy spokesperson, said in a video statement that Akhund returned to Kabul on Monday morning at the behest of the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada.

In late May, Akhundzada appointed Deputy Prime Minister Mawlawi Abdul Kabir as acting head of the cabinet in the absence of PM Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund.

It was reported that the Taliban PM had traveled to Kandahar in April to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and remained there due to illness.

Akhund has held the position of prime minister since the Taliban’s de facto authorities were established in September 2021.