OIC welcomes results of plebiscite in southern Philippines

OIC welcomes results of plebiscite in southern Philippines
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Jeddah: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the results of the plebiscite in the southern Philippines, which provide expanded autonomy to the country’s Muslims in the framework of ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
The BOL is the result of decades-long peace negotiations concluding with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government in Manila on 27 March 2014.
OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen affirmed that the plebiscite results constitute a major step in the protracted peace process in the Muslim-majority southern Philippines. He urged the Moro leaders to unify their ranks and renew their commitment to the peace process.
On Friday, the election commission declared the BOL plebiscite “ratified”, four days after the vote was held. Almost 1.6 million voted yes, while 250,000 voted no. Another vote will take place on February 6, to allow more towns and villages to join the autonomous region.
—Agencies