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Jacinda Ardern Is One Of The Favourites To Win The Nobel Peace Prize

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Jacinda Ardern Is One Of The Favourites To Win The Nobel Peace Prize

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is one of the bookies' favourites 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 against climate activist Greta Thunberg and The World Health Organization.

US President Donald Trump is hot on their heels in fourth and you can bet your bottom dollar he won't be happy if he doesn't win.

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Greta Thunberg is also a favourite to win the award this year. Credit: PA
Greta Thunberg is also a favourite to win the award this year. Credit: PA

Ardern has been nominated for the way she handled the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack that happened last year as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

TIME Magazine noted her massive contribution to her country and said: "Ardern is again high on oddsmakers' lists for 2020. The Prime Minister's swift action on Covid-19 helped New Zealand maintain one of the world's lowest death rates."

The award will be given to the person who has done 'the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses'.

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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 conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

Donald Trump has been nominated for promoting peace in the Middle East. Credit: PA
Donald Trump has been nominated for promoting peace in the Middle East. Credit: PA

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 accused Donald Trump of sowing division and causing hate, he has been recognised for his role in bringing peace to the Middle East.

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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 conflicting parties and... creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea'.

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Topics: New Zealand, News

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