The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a group which helped support Tunisia’s democratisation process when it was in danger of collapsing, according to the Nobel committee.
Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won for showing an example of peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence and upheaval.
“It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights,” said Kaci Kullmann Five, Chair of Nobel Committee
The Nobel Peace Prize, worth about 860,000 euros, will be presented in December.
Many Tunisians were delighted to hear the news.
“It’s something of great pride for all Tunisians, and as a Tunisisan I’m proud as well, I’m very proud. The Dialogue Quartet is really representative of Tunisia,” said one man.
“The Nobel Peace Prize, we have really deserved it since the beginning of the revolution, because Tunisain People really support peace,” said another.
After an uprising in 2011 that inspired the “Arab Spring“protests, Tunisia now has a new constitution, free elections and a coalition government with secular and Islamist parties.