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Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – after being nominated by the same far-right politician for the second time.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian parliament, has revealed that he has nominated the US president for the key role he has played in the recent agreement to normalise relationships between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Tybring-Gjedde himself has leaked the news that he has nominated Trump, telling Fox News, “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.”
The bar for being nominated, however, is very low. In 2020, there were 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The statutes of the Nobel Foundation state that nominations will be accepted from “Members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members/ministers) of sovereign states as well as current heads of states”, which means essentially any politician in the world can nominate any other politician.
Tybring-Gjedde says in his nomination letter that “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”
As yet, there has been no sign of this happening, with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to the region yielding no further developments.
Tybring-Gjedde was also one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump for the peace prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea. At the time he and former justice minister Per-Willy Amundsen said that Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea”.
A group of Republicans from the House of Representatives sent an open letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2018 urging them to award the prize to Trump.
Prior to that, a previous attempt to nominate ended in mystery in 2018 when two nominations for him that year appeared to have been faked. They were subsequently withdrawn by the committee, leading to Norwegian police contacting the FBI over it to try and trace the culprits.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to president Barack Obama in 2009 for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people”. He donated the $1.4m award to charity. In 2013 Trump called for Obama’s award to be rescinded.
Other previous US administration recipients of the prize have included president Woodrow Wilson in 1920, for his efforts in ending the First World War and help in creating the League of Nations. Jimmy Carter received the award in 2002, and former vice president Al Gore was honoured in 2007, for his efforts to obtain and spread knowledge about climate change.
Source: The Guardian
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