Philippine Muslim rebels plan to form political party
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.