The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet today for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”
The quartet comprises four organizations: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.
The prize is 8 million Swedish kronor (around US $975,000).
This year’s winner was the subject of much speculation. The names that were floated the most included Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; Pope Francis; Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran; and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologic surgeon from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Some speculations goes even to include other personalities like Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleon Jimenez; Dmitry Muratov and the Novaya Gazeta; Article 9 Association; Mussie Zerai; Daisaku Ikeda; Edward Snowden; and Raif Badawi.