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Nobel Prize Tunisia winner calls prize a "message" for region

"This is a great joy and pride for Tunisia, but also a hope for the Arab World," UGTT chief Hussien Abassi told Reuters.

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Tunisia Nobel winner calls prize a "message" for region

(Thefiscaltimes)

Members of the Tunisian negotiating team that won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping the country overcome a political crisis following its 2011 uprising called the award a message for the region on the power of dialogue.

Known as the Quartet, including the powerful UGTT labour union, the team negotiated to end a political deadlock in 2013 that threatened to scuttle the North African state's political transition after the fall of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

"This is a great joy and pride for Tunisia, but also a hope for the Arab World," UGTT chief Hussien Abassi told Reuters.

"It's a message that dialogue can lead us on the right path. This prize is a message for our region to put down arms and sit and talk at the negotiation table."

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