Taliban declare Afghanistan as Islamic Emirate – no democracy

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Afghanistan made Islamic Emirate - no democracy: Taliban

Taliban declared Afghanistan as Islamic Emirate Afghanistan, four days after taking over Kabul and clarified that there would be no democracy.

KABUL Aug 19,2021 (Monitoring Desk) Waheedullah Hashimi, a Taliban official said creation comes as Afghanistan marks 102nd anniversary of independence from British rule. He said, “Afghanistan will not be a democracy.”

Foreign media reported that Afghanistan may be governed by a ruling council now that the Taliban have taken over, while the movement’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, would likely remain in overall charge, a senior member of the group told Reuters.

The power structure that Hashimi outlined would bear similarities to how Afghanistan was run the last time the Taliban were in power from 1996 to 2001. Then, supreme leader Mullah Omar remained in the shadows and left the day-to-day running of the country to a council.

Akhundzada would likely play a role above the head of the council, who would be akin to the country’s president, Hashimi added.

“Maybe his (Akhundzada’s) deputy will play the role of ‘president’,” Hashimi said.

The Taliban’s supreme leader has three deputies: Mullah Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the powerful Haqqani network, and Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the Taliban’s political office in Doha and is one of the founding members of the group.

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Many issues regarding how the Taliban would run Afghanistan have yet to be finalised, Hashimi explained, but Afghanistan would not be a democracy.

“There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,” he said. “We will not discuss what type of political system we should apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is Sharia law and that is it.”

Hashimi said he would be joining a meeting of the Taliban leadership that would discuss issues of governance later this week.

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