The Taliban confirmed Sunday they have dissolved Afghanistan’s two election commissions.
The country’s Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaint Commission were dissolved by the Taliban. Deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi of Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government called the commissions “unnecessary institutes for the current situation in Afghanistan,” according to the Associated Press.
The commissions were mandated to administer and supervise elections in the country, including presidential, parliamentary, and provincial council elections. Karimi said the government can revive the commissions in the future if there is a need for them, the outlet reported.
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Karimi also confirmed the Taliban have dissolved the Ministry for Peace and the Ministry of Parliamentarian Affairs. Like the election commissions, he called them unnecessary ministries in the government’s current structure, according to the outlet.
The removal of Afghanistan's commissions and ministries is the latest in the Taliban's replacements since their takeover of the country. In September, the Taliban replaced the country's women's ministry with the ministry of virtue and vice, which was used by the group from 1996 to 2001 to enforce its interpretation of Sharia law, including a strict dress code and public executions and floggings.
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Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, one of the Taliban's top leaders, claimed on Dec. 13 the group had changed its ways and had "made progress in administration and in politics.” Muttaqi claimed that under the new government, girls are going to school through 12th grade in roughly a third of the country’s provinces, while private schools and universities are operating without restrictions.