Taliban announce new government in coming days – ZAP

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The Taliban indicated this Wednesday that the rounds of consultations for the formation of the new government are almost concluded, and they hope to be able to announce in the coming days who will be the leaders who will take command of Afghanistan.

“The talks, exchanges of views and consultations by the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call the country) on the formation of a new government were completed,” said the spokesman for the radical Islamist movement, Bilal Karimi, quoted by the agency Efe.

“Is prepared the ground for the formation of the new government, which will be announced very soon, in a few days”, he added.

The spokesman added that, for the time being, information on the appointments, in particular on the list of ministers who will be part of the new Afghan executive, is not complete.

“We have to wait for the announcement”, he insisted, noting that it is still not clear who will be the leader since the new Government.

There are rumors that the ‘mullah’ Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban and head of their political office in Qatar, could be the next president of Afghanistan and that the current leader of the Taliban, ‘mullah’ Hibatullah Akhundzada, will be above that figure, as a kind of supreme spiritual leader of the country.

“The ‘mullah’ Hibatullah Akhundzada is currently the leader of the Islamic Emirate, but he will be premature to say who will lead the new government”, said the spokesman, although he wanted to make clear that the new executive will be led by the Taliban.

Efforts to form a new government for the country accelerated after the departure, on Aug. 31, of the last plane with US soldiers, and now Afghans have “complete independence” to announce their new government, he said.

After nearly two decades of the presence of US and NATO military forces, the Taliban seized power in Kabul on 15 August, culminating a rapid offensive that took them to control the capitals of 33 of the 34 Afghan provinces in just ten days.

Since then, radical Islamist fighters have on several occasions asserted their intention to form an “inclusive” Islamic Government representing all tribes and ethnicities in Afghanistan.