Taliban is likely to form government in Afghanistan today. According to Taliban sources, new government will be headed by the group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai are the two other senior Taliban leaders to be appointed to senior positions.
Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban chief, will focus on religious matters and governance within the framework of Islam.
Meanwhile, protests were held by groups of Afghan women and civil society activists in Kabul calling for their inclusion in the future government. Taliban have already stated that women will be allowed to work in government institutions but not in higher-ranking positions. Protesters urged Taliban and the international community to protect the political, social and economic rights of women that they had achieved in the last two decades.