Leadership Council of Afghanistan

Leadership Council

رهبری شُورَىٰ

Rahbarī Shūrā
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Term limits
  • 15 August 2021 (2021-08-15) (reinstatement)
  • May 2002 (2002-05) (exile in Quetta)[1]
  • 4 April 1996 (1996-04-04) (originally)[2]
Disbanded7 December 2001 (2001-12-07) (exiled)
Preceded byNational Assembly (2021)
Hibatullah Akhundzada
since 25 May 2016
Sirajuddin Haqqani
since 25 May 2016
Second Deputy
Mullah Yaqoob
since 25 May 2016
Third Deputy
Abdul Ghani Baradar
since 24 January 2019
SeatsApproximately 30
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Political groups
  Taliban (30)
Length of term
No fixed term
AuthorityConsultative, but by convention decisions are reached through consensus in consultation with the supreme leader
Composition method
Appointment by the supreme leader
Meeting place
1964 Constitution of Afghanistan
(amended to be compliant with Sharia law; claimed but not enforced)

The Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,[3] also translated as the Supreme Council,[4] (Pashto: رهبری شُورَىٰ, romanized: Rahbarī Shūrā)[5] (also referred to as the Inner Shura)[6][7] is the central governing body of the Taliban and—since the 2021 fall of Kabul and previously from 1996 to 2001—of Afghanistan. The Taliban uses a consensus decision-making model among members of the Leadership Council, though the supreme leader, who chairs the council, has ultimate authority and may override or circumvent it at any time. It played a key role in directing the Taliban insurgency from Quetta, Pakistan, which led to it being informally referred to as the Quetta Shura at the time.

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  4. ^ Chughtai, Alia (7 September 2021). "Who are the men leading the Taliban's new government?". Reuters. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
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  6. ^ Schmitt, Eric; Mazzetti, Mark (24 September 2009). "Taliban widens Afghan attacks from Pakistan". The New York Times. NBC News. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  7. ^ Jones, Seth G. (6 November 2011). "Why the Haqqani Network is The Wrong Target". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 17 June 2022.

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