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Taliban announces Hibatullah Akhundzada to be the supreme leader of Afghanistan government

Anamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission on Wednesday reportedly said that Akhundzada will also be the leader of the new government and there should be no question on this.
 

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Kabul, First Published Sep 2, 2021, 11:53 AM IST
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The Taliban have announced that their supreme leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada will be a prime minister or president will run the country, as per a report by Tolo News.

According to a report by Tolo News, Anamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission on Wednesday reportedly said that Akhundzada will also be the leader of the new government and there should be no question on this.

"Consultations are almost finalised on the new government, and the necessary discussions have also been held about the cabinet. The Islamic government that we will announce will be a model for the people. There is no doubt about the presence of the Commander of the Faithful (Akhunzada) in the government. He will be the leader of the government and there should be no question on this," Samangani said, as per a report by Tolo News.

Taliban’s political office leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai was on Wednesday quoted by pajhwok.com as saying that the Islamic Emirate would declare its new government within the next two days.

Sources had earlier told CNN-News18 that the insurgents are designing a government based on Iran’s model - an Islamic republic where the Supreme Leader is the head of state and the highest-ranking political and religious authority even above the president.

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Presently, there are five key members of the Taliban as per the existing hierarchy. Among them, Hibatullah Akhundzada, Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mohammad Yaqoob enjoy the most influence.

Akhundzada, who has never made a public appearance and whose whereabouts have largely remained unknown, will likely work from Kandahar.

In different provinces and districts, the Taliban have already appointed governors, police chiefs and police commanders.

“The Islamic Emirate is active in each province. There is a governor in each province who has started working. There is a district governor for each district and a police chief in each province who are working for the people," said Abdul Hanan Haqqani, a member of the Taliban, was quoted as saying.

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