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MANILA, Philippines | Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

MANILA, Philippines  | Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

MANILA, Philippines — January 20, 2019—  Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.

The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort by the government in Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the main rebel group, to seal a deal that was signed in 2014 but languished in the Philippine Congress until it was finally approved last year.

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