The Taliban appoint members as 44 governors, chiefs of police around Afghanistan

A Taliban fighter displays their flag while his comrade watches at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 5, 2021. REUTERS / Zohra Bensemra

KABUL, November 7 (Reuters) – The Taliban appointed 44 of its members to key roles, including provincial governors and police chiefs on Sunday, an important step in strengthening its governance as the country struggles with growing security and economic problems.

It is the first round of large-scale appointments since the government was formed in September.

The Taliban released the list of members’ new roles, including Qari Baryal to serve as governor of Kabul and Wali Jan Hamza as the city’s police chief.

Former head of Kabul’s security, Mawlawi Hamdullah Mukhlis, was killed this month in an attack on Afghanistan’s largest military hospital in central Kabul.

The Taliban took over the country on August 15, but have faced an uphill battle in their pledge to restore order and security after decades of war. Islamic State has carried out a wave of attacks around the country while the economy has been thrown into crisis.

There have been international calls for the group to negotiate with other political actors to form an inclusive government, including minorities and women, although significant progress in this area has so far failed.

Reporting by Gibran Peshimam; Author Charlotte Greenfield; Edited by Hugh Lawson

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