Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar, the leader of the Taliban’s political office, will lead the new Afghan government.
Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai will be appointed to prominent posts in the administration.
Following morning prayers on Friday Sep 3, more than two weeks after the Taliban gained control of the nation, the organization is scheduled to introduce its Cabinet. Taliban leaders, the movement’s top commander, Haibatullah Akhundzada,the supreme religious leader of the Taliban will have ultimate control over a new governing council, with a president reporting to him.
The news comes as Afghanistan’s economy struggles to cope with the effects of a prolonged drought and a conflict that has claimed the lives of an estimated 240,000 Afghans. The militant organization has pledged a more flexible reign this time after controlling the country from 1996 to 2001 by demanding the extreme application of Sharia Law.
However, the rest of the globe has questioned these statements. According to the White House, the U.S. is working with a coalition of 100 countries from across the world who have signed a declaration outlining their expectations of the Taliban.
Meanwhile, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized control, Taliban forces and militants loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Thursday, while Taliban commanders in Kabul worked on creating a government.
Each side claimed to have suffered a large number of casualties. Panjshir is the final province in Afghanistan to defy the Taliban, whose ouster of the Western-backed government coincided with the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign forces after 20 years, leaving the nation in turmoil.