The supreme leader of the Taliban Haibatullah Akhundzada is assuming overall command.

Afghanistan may be ruled by a council now that the Taliban have taken over. At the same time, the supreme leader of the Islamist group Haibatullah Akhundzada will likely remain in overall charge said a senior member of the group.

Many questions about how the Taliban would rule Afghanistan have yet to be resolved, Waheedullah Hashimi, who has access to the group’s decision-making, said in an interview. But Afghanistan would not be a democracy, he added. “”We will not discuss what kind of political system we should apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It’s Sharia law and that’s it. “”

He said: “”There will be no democratic system at all because it has no base in our country.””

Hashimi said that he will join a meeting of Taliban leaders that will discuss governance issues later this week.

The power structure Mr. Hashimi described would have similarities to the way Afghanistan was ruled the last time the Taliban were in power between 1996 and 2001. Then the Supreme Leader, Mullah Omar, remained in the shadows and left the government’s day-to-day management. Country to a council.

Akhundzada is likely to play a role above the head of the council, which would be similar to the president, Hashimi said.


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