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After Omar's demise, Taliban appoint 2 deputy leaders

After Omar's demise, Taliban appoint 2 deputy leaders

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Jul 31, 2015 - 14:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After appointing Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mansoor as their new leader, the Talibaninfo-icon named Maulviinfo-icon Sirajddin and former Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada as his deputies.  

A day earlier, a Taliban statement said Mullah Mohammad Omer had passed away after protracted illness but did not mention when, where and how he had died.

The statement said several key Taliban figures and religious leaders, after long discussions, appointed Omer’s close aide and former deputy Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor as their new leader.

Mansoor has been one of the closest and trusted aides to Mullah Omar during his life and has been dealing with the executive activities of the movement for last several years.

“Taliban central committee participants appointed Mullah Mansoor as leader of the faithful and accepted his nomination. Mullah Mansoor promised commitment to the Islamic system of governance,” the statement added.

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