Philippines holds referendum for Muslim autonomy in troubled south

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Murad Ebrahim as he presents a document containing a signed autonomy law during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/Pool

MANILA (Reuters) – Minority Muslims in the southern Philippines cast votes on Monday in a long-awaited referendum on autonomy, the culmination of a peace process to end decades of separatist conflict in a region plagued by poverty, banditry and Islamist extremism. Some 2.8 million people in the volatile Mindanao region are being asked if they […]

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