Taliban to name Haibatullah Akhundzada supreme leader

Taliban supreme leader
Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada
  • In Kandahar this week, Sheikh Haibatullah has been meeting with other key Taliban commanders, including Mullah Omar.
  • Other significant positions in the administration are expected to be filled by Sirajuddin Haqqani’s group in the near future as well.
  • Taliban commanders from other factions are expected to be appointed to cabinet positions.

NEW YORK: The city of New York is a hive of activity. As the establishment of Afghanistan’s new government nears completion, the Taliban are preparing to nominate Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada as the country’s supreme leader, according to a report published Wednesday by The New York Times, citing a Taliban official in the country.

According to a newspaper in the United States, the announcement might come as soon as Thursday. According to a Taliban official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Taliban are also willing to replace critical positions in the country’s war-torn government, according to a report in the New York Times.

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This week, Sheikh Haibatullah has been meeting with other senior Taliban figures in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

According to Bloomberg News, which cited Bilal Karimi, a member of the Taliban’s culture council, the plans for the new administration, including Sheikh Haibatullah’s new role, are also being discussed.

Head of the new government

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban who has served as the group’s deputy commander in recent years, was expected to be in control of the group’s day-to-day operations as head of government, according to the statement.

The group’s top negotiator in peace talks with the United States in Qatar, Baradar presided over the deal that cleared the way for the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. Baradar was a member of the Afghan National Congress.

The proportion of the Haqqani group in the government


According to the Times, other key positions in the government are expected to go to Sirajuddin Haqqani, another deputy and an influential operations leader within the Taliban movement, and Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob, who is the son of the Taliban movement’s founder, Mullah Muhammad Omar, who is expected to be appointed as a minister.

In the paper’s opinion, the purpose of a leadership shura or council remained unclear, as did the question of whether its membership would meet the Taliban’s pledge of establishing an inclusive government. Leaders from past governments, like as Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdallah, who have remained in Kabul for discussions, are also uncertain as to whether they will be invited to participate.

According to the New York Times, Sadar Ibrahim, who has served as de facto interior minister since the Taliban’s takeover, is among the Taliban commanders who are anticipated to be appointed to cabinet positions.

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