Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Tunisia's "National Dialogue Quartet"

By Sewell Chan

SWEDEN---The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” The prize was awarded nearly five years since a desperate Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire, touching off a political earthquake that continues to reverberate throughout the Middle East and North Africa. 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. [link]