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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

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London, Oct. 9 (ANI):  A collective of civil society groups in Tunisia was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for promoting democracy after the nation’s Arab Spring uprising, work that helped prevent a bloody conflict similar to those that followed revolts elsewhere in the region.

The Nobel Prize Peace 2015 has been awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for their immense contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia following the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet “established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war,” Nobel Committee Chairman Kaci Kullmann Five said in Oslo on Friday.

The Quartet was formed in 2013 when the democratization process was endangered due to political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It paved path for an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war, The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement.

The Quartet mediated peaceful dialogues between the citizens, the political parties and the authorities which helped to find solutions to many challenges in spite of the wide political and religious divides, The Guardian reported.

The Arab spring was originated from Tunisia in 2010-11 when thousands of the citizens protested against the dictatorial regime of Ben Ali which later led to his ousting.

With the Quartet winning the peace prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes it to be an inspiration to all who are working for the peace and democracy in different parts of the world including the Middle East, the Committee added.

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