Taliban to restore royal-era Afghan constitution

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A senior Taliban official, Abdul Hakim Sharai said the Taliban plan to restore decades-old constitutional order for their transitional government, one that limits accountability to citizens and lawmakers.

He stated this during a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Kabul, Wang Yu, in Kabul.

Sharai, who is also a member of the group’s leadership council, said the regime will enforce Afghanistan’s last royal-era constitution, aside from those articles which do not align with the Islamic faith.

The Taliban toppled the internationally backed Afghan government in mid-August and restored their government.

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In the meantime, the Taliban minister emphasized that the regime respects those international laws and treaties that are not in contradiction with Islam and the Taliban’s principles.

In the 1964 Afghanistan Constitution, which was applicable until 1973, the country’s last king, Zahir Shah, was not accountable to the people and the parliament, just like the Taliban’s supreme leader isn’t now. In addition, the law of the political parties was ignored.

The current Afghan constitution, which the Taliban rejects, is considered to be one of the best constitutions in the region because of the rights and freedoms enshrined in it for the citizens.

It provides for an elected president, a role that the Taliban have so far rejected.

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