No women or members from Afghanistan’s ousted leadership were selected for acting cabinet positions or named to advisory roles, in spite of the Taliban’s promises of an inclusive government and more moderate form of Islamic rule than when it was last in power, from 1996 to 2001.

The Taliban named Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a close aide of the Taliban’s late founder Mohammad Omar, as acting prime minister and Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the group’s co-founders, was appointed his deputy. Mohammed Yaqoob, a son of Omar, was appointed acting defense minister.

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Chuck Repke’s life as a DFL strategist began with a mistaken identity.

One day, the Repkes’ phone rang at their home on St. Paul’s West Side. It was answered by 18-year-old Chuck Jr.

“Is Chuck there?” asked Jim Scheibel, who was active in city DFL politics and would go on to be elected mayor. He wanted to talk Repke’s dad, Chuck Sr., into attending an upcoming political gathering.

“This is Chuck,” said Chuck Jr.

“And Jim Scheibel proceeded to get him to agree to come,” said Gloria Bogen, Repke Jr.’s wife and best friend for the past 11 years. “That

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