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Philippines gets ready for Muslim Mindanao autonomy by 2025

Disarming rebels, budget management remain issues for Manila

Militants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are seen on a boat in Bangsamoro, Cotabato, Philippines, in 2019. (File photo by Getty Images)

COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Authorities in the Philippines are working to establish an autonomous Muslim government on the southern island of Mindanao within the next two years.

The creation of the autonomous government was originally slated for 2022 but was postponed until 2025 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other reasons.

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