Feared Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar — who was once nicknamed “Baradar the Butcher” — will lead the new Afghan government, sources within the militant group told Reuters.
The new Taliban-led government is yet to be announced almost three weeks after the militants seized control of Afghanistan.
Baradar, who is currently in charge of the Taliban’s political office, is set to be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban co-founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, in senior government positions, according to sources.
The Taliban’s supreme religious leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, will also focus on religious matters and how to govern within the framework of Islam, a source added.
“All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government,” a Taliban official said.
Despite initially claiming to want to form a consensus government, the Taliban are now only considering one made up solely of Taliban members, according to sources.
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