Taliban to unveil new Afghan govt framework within weeks, official says

The group sought to present a more moderate face since last week's lightning takeover


Reuters August 21, 2021
Taliban fighters march in uniforms on the street in Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in this still image taken from social media video uploaded August 19, 2021 and obtained by REUTERS

KABUL:

The Taliban aim to unveil a new governing framework for Afghanistan in the next few weeks, a spokesman for the group said on Saturday, after the insurgents' swift takeover of the South Asian nation.

"Legal, religious and foreign policy experts in the Taliban aim to present the new governing framework in the next few weeks," the official told Reuters.

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The Taliban have sought to present a more moderate face since last week's lightning takeover, but ruled with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001 before being toppled by US-led forces for sheltering al Qaeda militants behind the September 11 attacks. 

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