An announcement no one was expecting...SOTThe Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue QuartetThe group saw off big name competition from the likes of Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and whistleblower Edward SnowdenIt's made up of Tunisian Employers Union Chief , Wi-ded Boo-sha-ma-oui , Labour Union head Hussein Abbassi, Human Rights League President Abdes-sattar ben Moussa and National Bar Association President Mohamed Fadhel MahmoudThe group formed in the summer of 2013 when Tunisia's democratic process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and wide spread social unrest.SOTthe prize is intended as an encouragement to the Tunisian people, who despite major challenges have laid the groundwork for a national fraternity which the Committee hopes will serve as an example to be followed by other countriesThe Quartet are seen to have saved Tunisia's fledgling democracy from collapse in 2013Crafting a roadmap that broke a political deadlock between the governing Islamist-led coalition and the then opposition party Nidaa TouneesSOT ABASSI I feel proud, lucky and happy for Tunisia, for those who were represented during the political crisis in 2013 and for those who led the national dialogueTunisia's Jasmine revolution began in December 2010 after high levels of unemployment, inflation and corruption After 24 years in power, President Ben Ali was ousted in under a monthThat led to the country's first free Presidential election since declaring its independence in 1956

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An announcement no one was expecting...SOTThe Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue QuartetThe group saw off big name competition from the likes of Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and whistleblowe