A Tunisian democracy group has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in building a pluralistic democracy in the wake of the most successful Arab Spring movement.
The decision to award the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was announced on Friday morning by Kaci Kullmann Five, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, at a press conference in Oslo.
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011,” the committee said in its statement. “The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war.”
The National Dialogue Quartet consisted of mediators from four Tunisian organizations, including the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.
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