The awkward facts about the Nobel peace prize

This week a little-known quartet of groups from Tunisia were awarded the 96th Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in transitioning the North African country to democracy.

Cited as the "only success story of the Arab Spring" by the Financial Times, Tunisia has now become a "pluralistic democracy", according to the Nobel committee, thanks to the work of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet - comprised of civil society groups representing workers, lawyers, human rights activists and industry - which was set up in 2013.

The quartet paved the way for a peaceful dialogue between the citizens, the political parties and the authorities and helped to find consensus-based solutions to a wide range of challenges across political and religious divides.

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