The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.
The president of the Nobel prize Committee announced the group had been awarded the 96th Nobel Peace prize for “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”
Some 273 candidates were in the running for this year’s prize, 68 of which were organisations. The number of nominees was the second-highest in Nobel Peace Prize history. The record, 278, was set in 2014.
The winner may have come as a surprise to some, who were touting Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners among the favourites to win the 972,000-dollar prize.
The Quartet comprises four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: 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.