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Amid rifts, Taliban say Omar’s successor to be named soon

Amid rifts, Taliban say Omar’s successor to be named soon

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Aug 03, 2015 - 12:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon said on Monday the group’s Supreme Council opposed the appointment of Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mansoor and they would nominate Mullah Omar's successor after the mourning period was over.

The movement announced the death of Omar last week but did not mention where, how and when he had died. A day later, they announced Mullah Mansoor as their new leader.

A statement from Supreme Council said some Taliban leaders had nominated Mansoor as new leader without consultation with it or taking leading religious scholars into confidence.

Some people had nominated Mansoor for their personal gains and interests and imposed him on the Taliban, according to the council, which maintained the new leader's nomination had not been in compliance with Islamic rules .

“Taliban, soon after Omar’s condolences are over, has called a meeting of Supreme Council members, religious clerics including local people and experts to discuss the appointment of Taliban’s new leader,” the statement added.

Mullah Abdul Manan, Mullah Omar’s brother, in an audio interview, explained his family had refused allegiance to anyone amid differences.

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