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Philippine leader proposes autonomous Muslim state to end rebellion
Philippine leader proposes autonomous Muslim state to end rebellion

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged lawmakers to swiftly enact a law granting autonomy to the Muslim region of Mindanao to quell more than 40 years of rebellion that has killed at least 150,000 people. The proposed law is modeled on one that pacified a similar Muslim insurgency in neighboring Indonesia's Aceh province in 2005. Aquino asked his political allies who dominate both houses of the legislature to pass the bill as soon as possible to give the region — to be called Bangsamoro, or Moro Nation —  time to hold a referendum on the new status and organize local elections to coincide with the next national vote in 2016. The southern island...

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