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Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
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The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in helping the country's transition to democracy.

Announcing the prize, the chairman of the Nobel committee said the group had made a "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" after the 2011 revolution.

They were among some 273 contenders for the prestigious prize.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis were among those tipped.

The Tunisian quartet was made up of 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.

It was created in 2013 "when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political and assassinations and widespread social unrest," said committee chairman Kaci Kullmann Five.

"It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," she said.

"It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief."

She said the Nobel committee hoped that the prize would "contribute towards safeguarding democracy in Tunisia and be an inspiration to all those who seek to promote peace and democracy in the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world".

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