Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by right-wing Norwegian MP

Oslo A right-wing Norwegian lawmaker has nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for helping broker a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

It's the second time Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of parliament for the right-wing Progress Party, he has put forward the US President for the honour.

Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Credit:Bloomberg

Thousands of people are eligible to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, including members of parliaments and governments, university professors and past laureates.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides on the award, declined to comment.

"It is for his contribution for peace between Israel and the UAE. It is a unique deal," Tybring-Gjedde said.

Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated Trump for the 2019 award for his diplomatic efforts with North Korea, said he also nominated him this year because of the US troop withdrawal from Iraq.

“No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize,” Tybring-Gjedde said.

In a Facebook post, the MP said: “It is now to hope that the Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the US President.”

Last year Trump said he deserved to be awarded the Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but he complained he probably would never get the honour.

Former President Barack Obama, a nemesis of Trump, won the prize in 2009 just months into his first term in office.

The process of considering candidates and awarding the peace prize is done in Norway, in contrast to the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded in neighbouring Sweden.

Nominations for this year's award closed on January 31 and the winner will be announced on October 9 in Oslo.

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