Taliban co-founder to lead new Afgan govt.

The Taliban has selected one of its co-founders, Mullah Baradar to be the leader of the new government.

The new government will be announced on Friday, according to a Reuter’s source.

Joining Baradar in the government are Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban co-founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai.

Haibatullah Akhunzada, the Taliban’s supreme religious leader, will focus on religious matters and governance within the framework of Islam, another Taliban source said.

“All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government,” said an unnamed Taliban official.

The new government’s immediate priority will be to tackle Afghanistan’s struggling economy.

The economy has been grappling with drought and the ravages of a conflict in which an estimated 240,000 Afgans have died.

TheCornetreports that Taliban seized Kabul on Aug. 15 after sweeping across most of the country.

However, it is facing resistance in the Panjshir Valley, where there have been reports of heavy fighting and casualties.


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