Snowden & Trump among record number of Nobel Peace Prize nominees
Trump. Yes Trump. Let that sink in....Ummm, seriously????... https://t.co/3wYKIGfIng— Sulmeen Ansari (@Sulmeen) March 3, 2016
The names of nominees are kept secret for 50 years, but those who made nominations have revealed some of the names on the list.
Angela Merkel and Susan Sarandon are also said to be on the list of 228 individuals and 148 organizations.
This is the third year in a row for NSA whistleblower Snowden, but Donald Trump’s first nomination.
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The previous highest number of nominations was in 2014 when 278 candidates were put forward.
Olav Njolstad from the Nobel Institute told AFP that the number of nominations this year “reflects the fact that we live in a world where there are a lot of conflicts and where there are also a certain number of processes that are heading in a more positive direction."
Nominations are made by lawmakers and cabinet ministers, select university professors and former laureates.
Last year’s winners were Guardians of Democracy, a group credited with rescuing the country from failing to transition to democracy.
Tunisia's guardians of democracy pick up Nobel Peace Prize under tight security. https://t.co/u622umuHDj— Norway News (@norway) December 10, 2015
Residents of the Greek islands helping migrants crossing the Mediterranean have also been nominated, as well as the Afghan Cycling Federation’s Women’s team, nominated by a group of Italian MPs.
The name (or names as there can be up to three) of this year’s laureate will be announced on October 7.