Wednesday. 29.11.2023

Former US president Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a right-wing populist lawmaker from Estonia.

Jaak Madison, a member of the Estonian People's Conservative Party as well as the European Parliament, explained that Trump was the first president in 30 years not to start a war while in office.

"Also, under his leadership, there have been several peace agreements in the Middle East, contributing to peace and stability in the region," Madison wrote in a post on Facebook.

Also nominated for the prize was Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the BNS news agency reported, citing sources.

The nomination is said to have come from Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, though a spokesperson refused to comment on the report.

Proposals for this year's Nobel Peace Prize were accepted until the end of January.

Several candidates

Nominations may only be made by certain individuals, including members of parliament, heads of state and previous prize winners.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute does not reveal the candidates, as a matter of principle. The winner is to be announced in October. 

The prize, first awarded in 1901, was endowed by the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

The World Food Organization (WFP), the United Nations' food aid agency, was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its "efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by right-wing Estonian lawmaker