NBC News – The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015, officials announced Friday.
The prize was awarded to the group "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the" country's 2011 revolution.
The Quartet was formed in 2013 and is formed of four elements: the Tunisian General Labor Union, its Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, its Human Rights League and the and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.
Announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the Quartet "established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," and was "instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government."
Its formation guaranteed "fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief," the committee said.
It was announced at a press conference in Oslo's Norwegian Nobel Institute.
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