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Mullah Akhtar Mansoor elected as new leader of Afghan Taliban


The Afghan Taliban has inaugurated Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as new leader in the wake of death of Mullah Omar, sources said.


The latest move and announcement of the new leader comes one day after number of sources including the Afghan government announced the bereavement of Mullah Omar, the elusive founding chief of the Afghan Taliban.

Meeting were held on Wednesday night by the Afghan Taliban soon after the reported death of Mullah Omar, and subsequently after consultation among all members of their Shura Council, chose Mansoor as their new leader and chief.


Mansoor used to be late Omar’s deputy, and was directing the 20-member council after Omar’s death. He has got support from Taliban’s veteran leadership. He is also believed to be in favour of peace talks with the Afghan government, and has appointed Haji Muhammad to take part in the process for peace, reports said.

The sources also said that two new deputies were also elected in the meeting, one of which is reportedly Sirajuddin Haqqani who leads the Haqqani network.

Despite his having pledged allegiance to his late chief Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin’s faction operated pretty independently. On the other hand, the sources claimed that not all the included members of the Shura seemed to be in favour of peace talks.

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