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Pride over Nobel Peace Prize win after turbulent year in Tunisia

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Pride over Nobel Peace Prize win after turbulent year in Tunisia

<p>There is deep pride over winning the Nobel Peace Prize in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.</p> <p>In a year when Tunisia has made headlines for massacres targeting tourists, the country’s National Dialogue Quartet was rewarded on Friday for helping to build democracy.</p> <p>“Those who receive this prize have something to say about peace and the respect of people and human rights,” said retired Sliman Belkhouja in the capital, Tunis.</p> <p>“Tunisia can only rejoice. It can’t be a bad thing.”</p> <p>With a new constitution, free elections and a compromise politics between Islamist and secular leaders, Tunisia has been held up as a model of how to make the transition to a democracy from dictatorship.</p> <p>The quartet of the Tunisian General Labour Union (<span class="caps">UGTT</span>), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (<span class="caps">UTICA</span>), the Tunisian Human Rights League (<span class="caps">LTDH</span>), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers was formed in the summer of 2013.</p> <p>It helped support the democratisation process when it was in danger of collapsing, the Norwegian Nobel committee said in its citation.</p> <p>“After the revolution, we entered an economic recession,” said teacher Habib Barhoumi.</p> <p>“But things are getting better and I hope that within one or two years the situation will improve. Tourism and everything will be better.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tunisia's Nobel Peace Prize bolsters fragile democracy <a href="http://t.co/UJ2hp6pBlO">http://t.co/UJ2hp6pBlO</a> <a href="http://t.co/KMziNxD8fu">pic.twitter.com/KMziNxD8fu</a></p>— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/652607964520574976">October 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>That hope is shared by many although this year’s Islamist attacks are a bitter reminder that real problems remain.</p> <p>In March, Islamist gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, and 38 foreigners were killed in an assault on a Sousse beach hotel in June.</p>