Mindanao autonomy deal - will it work?

After decades of bloodshed, a landmark poll result gives peace a chance for the province's Muslim-majority regions. But many challenges lie ahead.

Over the past month, millions of Filipinos went to the polling stations to vote on the fate of Muslim-majority regions in Mindanao. By all indications, the historic vote will give birth to a newly autonomous political entity, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

With this, the South-east Asian country has taken a major step towards ending one of Asia's longest-running conflicts, which has spanned half a century and claimed the lives of close to 150,000 individuals and displaced millions of others.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2019, with the headline 'Mindanao autonomy deal - will it work?'. Subscribe