The Taliban are making ready to set out their new Islamic authorities imminently, naming Haibatullah Akhundzada, a key non secular chief, because the nation’s supreme authority, in accordance with a Taliban official.
Based on interviews with Taliban and different sources in Kabul and Kandahar, Mr. Akhundzada could be the supreme authority of the brand new Islamic authorities. Mr. Akhunzada, who has been assembly with management in Kandahar, has been known as both “za’eem” or “rahbar” in official discourse, each that means “chief,” a theocratic title much like that of the Iranian head of state, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Whereas it stays unclear when precisely an announcement could come and whether or not it could embody a extra inclusive council, the brand new authorities will face enormous challenges, together with rising humanitarian and financial crises which have pressured Afghans to flee. It is going to even be strapped for money as funds are lower off by the USA and worldwide lenders, and overseas governments debate recognizing the Taliban.
Primary providers like electrical energy are underneath risk and Afghans have been scuffling with a surge in meals costs and malnutrition.
The announcement, which may also lay out key appointments to the communications and inside ministries, could come as quickly as Thursday, in accordance with the official who requested anonymity as a result of talks have been persevering with. Bloomberg Information, citing Bilal Karimi, a member of the Taliban’s cultural fee, additionally reported on the plans for the brand new authorities, together with Mr. Akhundzada’s new position.
The Taliban’s management, together with Mr. Akhundzada, has been assembly in Kandahar, in accordance with officers. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban who has a big and dependable following among the many group’s rank and file, was anticipated to be answerable for day-to-day affairs as head of presidency.
Mr. Baradar acted because the chief negotiator for the group in peace talks with the USA in Qatar, presiding over the settlement that cleared the way in which for the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Different key positions within the authorities will go to Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob and Sirajuddin Haqqani, the supreme chief’s highly effective deputies.
Nonetheless unclear was the position of a management shura or council, and whether or not its membership would fulfill the Taliban’s promise of constructing an inclusive authorities. The query additionally stays of whether or not leaders from earlier governments, equivalent to Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who’ve remained in Kabul for talks, shall be included.
Different Taliban leaders anticipated to obtain cupboard posts included Sadar Ibrahim who has functioned as de facto inside minister for the reason that Taliban’s takeover.
Dan Bilefsky contributed reporting.