PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban have appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new supreme leader, after the announced death of Mullah Omar.
According to reports, the Afghan Taliban shura held meetings Wednesday night after the reported death of Mullah Omar, and after consultation between all members of the Shura Council, elected Mansoor as their new chief.
Mansoor was previously Omar’s deputy, and was running the 20-member council after Omar’s death. He has the support of Taliban’s senior leadership.
Mansoor is also said to be in favour of peace talks with the Afghan government, and reportedly has appointed Haji Din Muhammad to participate in the peace process.
Similarly, Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar were elected as deputies of the Akhtar Mansoor.