Members of the committee spoke out in defense of the president after controversy over his win.
Washington, D.C. (WiredPRNews.com) – Following mixed reactions over the decision to name U.S. President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, members of the Nobel jury spoke out in defense of accusations that the award was granted to Obama prematurely. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), four of the five jury members expressed their views over the issue Tuesday.
Committee veteran Inger-Marie Ytterhorn is quoted by the AP as stating of her lack of surprise by the controversy surrounding this year’s pick, “Whenever we award the peace prize, there is normally a big debate about it.”
Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland is further quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should go to the person who has contributed most to the development of peace in the previous year… Who has done more for that than Barack Obama?”
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