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The mayor of Kabul resists the Taliban for his management at the head of the Afghan capital


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The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan again in the past after 20 years crouched in the mountains and in the Pakistani sanctuary. From the triumph to the evacuation of the Western powers, the Taliban propaganda coup has been enormous. Although more than coming to power, in reality the real challenge for Islamists is to manage well the ruins of what will remain of Afghanistan after the war and the struggles with groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan (ISIL-J), responsible for the double attack in Kabul that has claimed the lives of more than 100 people.

Obsessed with retaining the most qualified, the Taliban regime has announced a general amnesty for officials so as not to repeat the lack of control and the collapse of management that took place in the first Taliban emirate (1996-2001). The Mayor of Kabul, Mohammad Daoud Sultanzoy, told CNN last Wednesday that the Taliban had very limited experience in governing a country, and called on the insurgent group to form an “inclusive government” based on input from experts.

Daoud Sultanzoy is no longer an official but the mayor of Kabul and for his good work he has been backed by the insurgency at least for now. “I am working for the people of Kabul,” he said, clarifying that the capital does not currently have an operational government.

“They are in power, but they need to have a government that works and that has administrative, economic and technical expertise and knowledge,” said the still Kabul ruler, waiting to see the configuration of the next Taliban government.

Continue with your work despite not being related

In an interview with the Russian network RT, Daoud Sultanzoy revealed the reasons why the Taliban kept him in office despite not sharing their objectives. “The Taliban called me and informed me that I should continue with my work,” explains Sultanzoy, who says he is seeing how things “are quickly returning to normal.”

Taliban leaders have tried to present themselves as more moderate than their previous government experience showed, when the regime carried out summary executions of citizens and prevented women from working and girls from attending school.

From the victorious tale against the Western powers, now the Taliban want to show that they do know how to manage despite the looming economic collapse and lack of international recognition. Those goals include keeping technocrats or well-known political figures like the mayor of Kabul in their posts for the time being.

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