Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a lesser-known Taliban leader on a UN terror list, could be Afghanistan’s next prime minister as the Taliban struggles to find a compromise candidate amid disagreements.
Key are 5 points on Mullah Hassan Akhund:
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund has headed the Taliban’s leadership council, the “Rehbari Shura” for 20 years.
He was a minister in the Taliban government in Afghanistan before the war with the US started in 2001.
He is known as a religious rather than a military leader and is believed to have close ties to the Taliban’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada.
He is from Kandahar, the hometown of the Taliban.
He was reportedly one of the founders of the armed movement.