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Tikhanovskaya and Kolesnikova were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

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Belarusian oppositionists Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. This was stated by the member of the Norwegian parliament from the Christian Democratic Party Geir Toskedal, reports the Vart Land edition.
“Oppositional politicians of Belarus have amazing courage. They organize peaceful demonstrations, despite the fact that the authorities use violence against them, ”the newspaper said.
The grounds for nominating candidates say that Tikhanovskaya, Kolesnikova and Tsepkalo deserve high awards for their struggle “for fair elections” and inspiration for “peaceful opposition to the illegitimate regime in Belarus.”
Protests have been held in Belarus since August 9, after the presidential elections. According to the CEC, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won them with more than 80% of the vote. His opposition rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received just over 10%.
After the vote, the opposition demanded a zeroing of the results and a new election, announcing a large number of falsifications. Protesters also disagree with the announced results. Lukashenko, in turn, believes that the elections were fair and the protests in Belarus were provoked by Western countries.
On August 14, the opposition created a coordination council, which was supposed to transfer power to Tikhanovskaya in the country before the repeated elections. The representatives of the joint opposition headquarters are Veronika Tsepkalo and Maria Kolesnikova.
In 2020, the World Food Program – a UN humanitarian organization – was awarded the Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for “efforts to fight hunger, for her contribution to improving living conditions in conflict-affected areas and for her actions as a driving force. forces to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon in wars and conflicts ”.
A year earlier, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali “for a decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”
According to the charter of the Nobel Committee, candidates for the Peace Prize can be nominated by members of national parliaments and governments of various countries, members of international courts, university rectors, directors of research institutes for peace and foreign policy, persons awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, current and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and others. At the same time, a request from the Nobel Committee is not required to nominate a candidate.
The Christian Democratic Party, represented by Geir Toskedal, has eight seats in the Norwegian parliament in the 2017 parliamentary elections.

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