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Taliban-led government dissolves Afghan election commissions

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The Taliban dissolved the two Afghan electoral commissions as well as the state ministries responsible for peace and parliamentary affairs

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesperson for the Taliban-led government of Afghanistan, said the country’s Independent Election Commission and Election Complaints Commission had been dissolved.

He called them “unnecessary institutes for the current situation in Afghanistan”. He said that if there was a need for the commissions in the future, the Taliban government could revive them.

The international community is waiting before giving formal recognition to the new Afghan leadership. They fear that the Taliban will impose such a harsh regime as when they were in power 20 years ago, despite their assurances to the contrary.

Karimi said the Taliban also dissolved the Ministry of Peace and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. He said they were unnecessary ministries in the current structure of government.

The Taliban had previously shut down the former Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

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