New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is one of the bookies’ favorites for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
The coveted award will be announced later tonight (9 October) and there are a whopping 318 candidates this year.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Ms. Ardern is in a three-way lead for the prize and she’s up aga-inst climate activist Greta Thunberg and The World Health Organization.
US President Donald Trump is h-ot on their heels in fourth and you can bet your bottom dollar he won’t be happy if he doesn’t win.
Ardern has been nominated for the way she handled the aftermath of the Christchurch te*ror att-ack that happened last year as well as the Covid-19 pan*emic.TIME Magazine noted her massive contribution to her country and said: “Ardern is again high on od-dsmakers’ lists for 2020. The Prime Minister’s swift ac-tion on Covid-19 helped New Zealand maintain one of the world’s lowest loss rates.”
The award will be given to the person who has done ‘the most or the best work for fra-ternity between nations, for the abol!tion or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses’.The New Zealand Prime Minister was nominated for the prize last year, however, it was given to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his work to resolve confl!ct with neighboring Eritrea.
No one will know who all the 318 nominees are until 50 years after the event, which is one of the rules of the prize. While many have acc*sed Donald Trump of sowing division and ca-using ha-te, he has been recognized for his role in bringing peace to the Middle East.
According to reports, the President of the United States was nominated by right-wing Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde. He said in his nomination letter: “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”
Adding that the President’s ‘key role in facilitating contact between confl-icting parties and…creating new dyn-amics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border d!spute between India and Pak-istan, and the confl!ct between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea’.
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