Tunisian organizations to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian organizations to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
Despite rumours that the Nobel Peace Price was to be handed to John Kerry and the Iranian Foreign Minister, or that Angela Merkel was a favourite to receive it, this year's Prize is given to Tunisia.

Tunisia is the Arab spring's only relative success story. Four Tunisian organizations will receive the Nobel Peace Prize because they have taken steps to rescue a fragile democracy process, says the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

The quartet for national dialogue consists of four organizations: The trade union UGTT, the employer organization UTICA, the human rights organization LTDH, and the National Bar Association.

The four organizations gathered during the summer of 2013, when the democratic process was in danger of collapsing, says the Nobel Committee in its decision for this year's Peace Prize. It cites that the organizations gather different sectors of the Tunisian society; employment, rule of law and human rights work.

The four organization secured the process that gave the country a new constitution and ensured the people's support, says the Nobel Committee.

It was in Tunisia the Arabic Spring in the Middle East started, in December 2010.

After the dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country, both the Islamists in Ennadha and a group of liberal, leftist secular parties wanted to determine future developments.

Ennadha won the elections in October 2011 and formed a coalition with two secular parties. But gradually discontent with the party's governance capability grew.

In the autumn of 2013, the situation in the country was described as a deep crisis, both regarding security, economic, and politically.

It was the trade union UGTT who launched the proposal for a national dialogue.

Neither in Tunisia the process has been just peaceful, several politicians have been killed in the struggle for the country's future. Also, both in June and March this year, tourist destinations were hit by terrorist attacks. The Islamic state, IS, claimed to be behind the last attack - the massacre at a beach in Sousse.

But the Nobel Committee nevertheless hopes that this year's Peace Prize will recall that Tunisia is an inspiration for forces in the Middle East and North Africa seeking peace and democracy, it says in a statement.

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