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Norwegian deputy nominates Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize




The Nobel Peace Prize to Donald Trump. That is the proposal by the Norwegian Conservative MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde, 57, president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly: the same who in 2018 even asked to give it to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un after the Singapore summit. He made it known himself during an interview with the “friendly” network of the White House Fox News: “The agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed on September 15 is fundamental. I am not a supporter of Trump, but I believe he did more than all the other candidates to promote world peace, and the committee should look at the facts, judging them on them.”

The UAE-Israel deal, facilitated by Donald Trump, represents a milestone for the Middle East peace process. It was welcomed by the Arab League, the European Union, and the vast majority of countries in the world as it managed to put an end to Netanyahu’s plan to annex the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Gaza strip.

Many observers criticize the choice as Trump’s America is an increasingly divided country, where the clash between different factions is now upsetting the streets. To bring-Gjedde is a populist member of the far-right Framstegspartiet party, the Progress Party that, just like Trump, fights against immigrants. The decision, however, will not arrive before a year. The winners will be announced in October 2021. And the competition is huge, given that there are at least three hundred other nominees in the race: a record number in the list, made public only in 50 years.

Of course, for Trump to learn that he received the nomination is excellent news. All the more so since his now arch-enemy Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel in 2009, after having been in office for just nine months, for his “extraordinary efforts in strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”At the time, the awarding of the prize was harshly criticized by Trump, still far from politics. But even from another Nobel Prize winner like former Polish president Lech Walesa: “Too soon,” he said. “For the moment, Obama is only making proposals. But sometimes the Nobel Committee awards the prize to encourage responsible action.” Christian Tybring-Gjedde thinks so too, who, beware, is not a member of the commission deciding. “You have to give that award to Trump. Obama had it: yet he didn’t do anything,” Tybring said in his interview.

The winner will be selected, as per regulation, by the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, appointed by the Oslo parliament, choosing from the nominations sent by past members and winners, by foreign parliamentarians and heads of government, by international organizations and institutions, by university professors and members of the Hague court.

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