Guardian poll: Rouhani deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Guardian poll: Rouhani deserves Nobel Peace Prize
Tue Oct 8, 2013 20:35:49

Online readers of the British daily Guardian have voted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as most deserving to be awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

In a poll posted Monday, the Islamic Republic leader had by Tuesday night raked in 69 percent of the online voters, more than four times the number of votes raked in by the second most popular nominee, Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafza.

Nominees appearing in the Guardian’s poll list were suggested by a number of the publication’s leading journalists.

Rouhani was nominated described as an “ultimate insider who enjoys backing both from the country’s supreme leader” and from “reform-seeking critics.”

Guardian journalists said Rouhani had kick-started “a new chapter for improved relations with the West,” and had broken a “34-year-long taboo of direct talks with the US.”

Other candidates suggested by the Guardian included Olivier De Schutter, a UN official and an advocate for the global right to food; Teresita Quintos Deles, a women’s rights and anti-poverty activist from the Philippines; and Denis Mukwege, an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Also nominated was the flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman, described by the Guardian as both a “clown and a maverick,” but nevertheless, an “imaginative” activist.

Rodman raised a few eyebrows for his numerous travels to North Korea throughout the past year, in an attempt to “bridge the gap” between the US and the North Korean government.

The real Nobel Peace Prize candidates will be officially announced Friday, and the award winner will be declared later that same day.


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