He heads the Rehbari Shura
Akhund does not lead the Taliban’s whole organisational structure, just its political wing.
The Rehbari Shura is a decision-making body that runs the group’s affairs under the direction of a cabinet.
Their decisions travel up the chain to the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, for approval.
He is one figure in the Taliban’s cabinet
The Taliban caretaker government consists of several members, each holding a cabinet position.
Akhund has a deputy in Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban co-founder and Doha political office leader.
Baradar fled to Pakistan after the 2001 invasion and returned from prison in 2018 when Donald Trump’s Afghanistan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad requested he lead peace negotiations.
The remaining cabinet members include:
Sirajuddin Haqqani: Acting interior minister
Mohammad Yaqoob: Acting defence minister
Amir Khan Muttaqi: Acting foreign minister
Abas Stanikzai: Acting deputy foreign minister