‘There Will Be No Democratic System at All’ in Afghanistan, Senior Taliban Figure Reportedly Says

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Afghanistan’s Western-backed government was swept from power on Sunday after Taliban militants captured Kabul. The capital’s collapse came less than two weeks after the militants began a push for Afghanistan’s major cities, and just over four months after Washington announced that it would be withdrawing from the war-torn country.

Afghanistan under the Taliban will not have a democratic system of government as the latter is understood in many countries, and could be governed by a ruling council, with the group’s supreme commander, Haibatullah Akhundzada, likely to remain in overall control, Waheedullah Hashimi, a senior member of the Sunni militia group, has said.

According to Hashimi, one of Akhundzada’s three deputies may formally take up the role of ‘president’, with discussions on governance issues to take place later this week.

The Taliban’s three deputy leaders include Mawlavi Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, the group’s former supreme leader, as well as Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the group’s political office in Doha and one of the Taliban’s most senior members. Sirajuddin Haqqani, chief of the militant Haqqani insurgent network, rounds out the triumvirate of deputy leaders.

Taliban Wants New Recruits From Old Army

The official further indicated that the Taliban would discuss the creation of a new national military, with former government soldiers and military pilots to be allowed to join. “Of course we…

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