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A series of stormy disputes surfaced between the pillars of government in the Afghan Taliban movement in Afghanistan, amid expectations that the movement’s experience in governance would collapse this time as well.
The leader of the Taliban, Hebatullah Akhundzada, decided to appoint the Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Maulvi Abdul Kabir, as Prime Minister, to replace Muhammad Hasan Akhund, who suffers from health conditions that prevent him from performing his job.
This choice sparked a state of controversy within the movement, in light of the desire of a large number of leaders to inherit the first positions of government, in light of the sacrifices they saw for the benefit of the movement.
According to information received from Afghanistan, the current of opposition to the new prime minister is led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, Minister of Interior in the government of Hassan Akhund, referring his objection to what he described as the leader Hibatullah Akhundzada alone in making decisions.
Sources speaking from Afghanistan revealed that Siraj Haqqani began forming what might be called the “Shura Council”, with the aim of ensuring that decisions within the movement are not taken unilaterally, as the sources indicated that Haqqani was able to convince Defense Minister Muhammad Yaqoub Omar, who is the son of The founder of the movement, Mullah Omar, in participation in consultations with other leaders in order to work seriously on the formation of this council.
Last March, Haqqani publicly criticized the leader, Hebatullah Akhundzada, calling on the movement to change its policies and lean towards more calm, in order to calm the Afghan street, and not to act in a way that people do not hate, expressing his disagreement with the recent decisions taken in the country. Foremost among them is the prevention of girls from education.
The Taliban leader’s transfer of the movement’s official spokesmen and media officials from the capital, Kabul, to Kandahar, the Taliban’s traditional stronghold in the south of the country, is also due to differences in this file, and fears that these official spokespeople will co-opt them and make statements embarrassing to the movement and its leader.
Dr. Rafiq al-Diyasti, a professor of political geography, believes in an exclusive statement to Al-Bawaba News that Hebatullah Akhundzadeh’s decisions were aimed at tightening his control over power in the country, which angered the rest of the leaders who consider themselves partners who cannot be excluded from the political scene.
Al-Diyasti clarified that the escalation of the conflict between the Taliban leaders, and its emergence into the open, will herald the collapse of the movement’s rule, and the rivalry of its parties, which may spark a new armed conflict in Afghanistan.