Philippine referendum returns big ‘yes’ vote on Bangsamoro self-rule

FILE PHOTO: A woman casts her vote during the plebiscite on Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) at a voting precinct in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao province, Philippines January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Marconi B. Navales/File Photo

MANILA (Reuters) – A predominantly Muslim area of the southern Philippines has returned a resounding “Yes” in this week’s referendum on greater autonomy, boosting hopes for peace in one of Asia’s most conflict-torn regions. The plan to create a self-administered area for the Muslim-dominated parts of Mindanao was backed by 85 percent of voters, the […]

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