Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers were preparing to unveil their new government on Thursday as the economy collapsed more than two weeks after Islamist militants seized Kabul and ended the country’s two-decade-long war. Reached the door.
Taliban An event is being prepared at the presidential palace on social media, official Ahmadullah Muttaqi said. bill to.Private broadcaster Tolo said an announcement about a new government was imminent.
A senior Taliban official told Reuters last month that Hebatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Islamist movement, was expected to gain final control over a governing council with a president.
The legitimacy of the new government will be important to it in the eyes of international donors and investors. AfghanistanAnalysts say the economy could collapse after the Taliban return to power.
The Taliban’s supreme leader has three deputies: Maulvi Yaqub, son of the late Mullah Omar, the movement’s founder; Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the powerful Haqqani Network and Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the group’s founding members.
“We don’t know yet whether the Taliban will keep their promise to form a comprehensive government,” said Searle Pine of France24, reporting from Kabul.
Aid groups warn of humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
An unelected leadership council is how the Taliban ran their first government that brutally implemented a radical form. Sharia law. From 1996 to 2001, it was overthrown by US-led forces.
The Taliban have sought to present a more lenient face to the world since they overthrew the US-backed government and returned to power last month, promising to protect human rights and retaliating against old enemies. Avoided
But the United States, the European Union and others have expressed skepticism about such assurances, saying that the formal recognition of the new government – and the financial aid that comes from it – depends on the process.
“We are not taking them at their behest, we will take them to their jobs,” US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told a news briefing on Wednesday.
“So they have a lot to prove based on their track record … now they have a lot to gain, if they can run Afghanistan they are much different than when they last came to power. Were. “
Replay: Taliban celebrate US departure, take control of Kabul airport.
Gunnar Wiegand, managing director of the European Commission for Asia and the Pacific, said the EU would not formally recognize the Islamist group unless it formed a comprehensive government, respecting human rights and aid workers. Does not meet the requirements, including unrestricted access.
“There is no doubt in the context of EU member states and the G7: we need to talk to the Taliban, we need to talk to the Taliban, we need to influence the Taliban, we need to We need to take advantage of that, “he told members of the European Parliament in Brussels.
“But we will not be in a hurry to recognize this new formation, nor to establish official relations.”
Humanitarian organizations. Warning of destruction. Severe drought and war have forced thousands of families to flee their homes.
Afghanistan is in dire need of money, and the Taliban are unlikely to gain rapid access to nearly central 10 billion in central assets, most of which are abroad at the Afghan central bank.
The Taliban have ordered banks to reopen, but weekly evacuation restrictions have been imposed and there are long queues at banks.
“Everything is expensive now, prices are rising every day,” said Zelgai, a Kabul resident.
The UN refugee agency has warned that up to 500,000 Afghans could flee by the end of the year.
In a report by Fitch Solutions, a research arm of ratings agency Fitch Group, analysts say that Afghanistan’s current gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to decline by 9.7 percent this fiscal year, with a further decline of 5.2 percent next year.
Fitch said foreign investment would be needed to support a more optimistic view, a scenario that “allowed some major economies, namely China and possibly Russia, to accept the Taliban as a legitimate government.” Will be taken “will be required.
The head of the Taliban-appointed central bank has tried to reassure banks that the group wants a fully functioning financial system, but gave little detail on how to fund it. Will
While the Taliban are tightening control over Kabul and the provincial capitals, they are battling opposition groups and the remnants of the Afghan army in the mountains north of the capital.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is the home of all Afghans,” said Amir Khan Mutawiqi, a senior Taliban leader, calling for the insurgents to surrender in Panjshir Province.
Opposition leader Ahmed Masood, the son of a former mujahideen commander who fought the Taliban in northeastern Afghanistan in the late 1990s, told CNN that his forces were fighting for a “decentralized state with diverse powers.” There is an equal divide between ethnic and sectarian groups. “
“Unfortunately, the Taliban have not changed, and they are still in control of the whole country,” he said.
(France with 24 Reuters)