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Philippine Muslim rebels plan to form political party

Published on May 27, 2013 8:08 PM
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The Philippines' main Muslim rebel group plans to set up a political party in preparation for the 2016 elections, the chief rebel peace negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal(above), said on Monday, May 27, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines' main Muslim rebel group plans to set up a political party in preparation for the 2016 elections, the chief rebel peace negotiator said on Monday.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a ceasefire in 2003, giving up its quest for an independent homeland in return for significant power in a proposed autonomous region in the nation's south.

"We have not yet officially formed a political party but we are conducting wide consultations among our members," MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told AFP.

The proposed party would only seek office after the creation of a Muslim autonomous region, he stressed.

 
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