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  • 09Oct

    Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

    US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
    The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.
    The committee highlighted Mr Obama’s efforts to support international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.
    There were a record 205 nominations for this year’s prize. Zimbabwe’s prime minister and a Chinese dissident had been among the favorites.

    Asked why the prize had been awarded to Mr Obama less than a year after he took office, Nobel committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said: “It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve”.
    “It is a clear signal that we want to advocate the same as he has done,” he said.


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