Nobel Peace Prize Won By Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Kaci Kullmann Five, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, arrives to announce the winner of 2015 Nobel peace prize during a press conference in Oslo, Norway, October 9, 2015.

OSLO, Norway – Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said.

The quartet is made up of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

Formed in the summer of 2013, it helped support the democratisation process in Tunisia when it was in danger of collapsing, said the committee.

“It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war,” said Kaci Kullman Five (pictured above), head of the committee.

“More than anything, the prize is intended as an encouragement to the Tunisian people, who despite major challenges have laid the groundwork for a national fraternity which the Committee hopes will serve as an example to be followed by other countries.”

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($972,000), will be presented in Oslo on December 10.

(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, Terje Solsvik, Alister Doyle, Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Hugh Lawson)