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Nobel Peace Prize Committee Has 231 Nominations for 2012

Feb. 27, 2012
Nobel Peace Prize medal, 1933
Nobel Peace Prize medal, 1933

A total of 231 nominations have been made for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday.

"It is not the highest number we have had," Geir Lundestad, director of the Nobel Institute told dpa. "The highest number was last year with 241 nominations."

Nominees include jailed Ukrainian former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and Maggie Gobran of Egypt, a Coptic Christian who heads the aid agency Stephen's Children, as well as former US president Bill Clinton and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said.

The five-member committee advises those making nominations not to reveal their proposals in advance. However, there are no formal rules against doing so, allowing some names to become public knowledge.

Bradley Manning, the US soldier who faces court martial over allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, was nominated by three Icelandic members of parliament, NRK said.

The 2011 winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who shared the prize with her compatriot Leymah Gbowee and pro-democracy activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

The winner is usually announced in early October. The Peace Prize is one of several prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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