The country that started the Arab Spring has been recognized for its mostly peaceful transition to a democracy, with the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Nathan Frandino reports.
When Tunisians took to the streets in 2011, few could have guessed where their country was going. Their uprising inspired the Arab Spring, yet Tunisia has largely avoided the chaos that ensued elsewhere. Tunisia has found democracy... ushered in by the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRPERSON OF THE NORWEGIAN NOBEL COMMITTEE 2015, KACI KULLMANN FIVE, SAYING: "It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war." The quartet - made up of a labor union, an industry confederation, a human rights group and a lawyer group -- formed in 2013 when the country appeared to be sliding into a political crisis. A secular opposition and a ruling Islamist party were going head-to-head, but negotiations prevailed. A caretaker government was formed and successful legislative and presidential elections were held last year, making Tunisia the model of transition from dictatorship to democracy. Tunisians say the prize is well deserved. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TUNIS RESIDENT, NABIL HAMZAOUI, SAYING: "It's huge pride for all Tunisians and as a Tunisian I feel very proud. The Quartet represents the whole country." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SOUK WORKER, HAMADI BEN BRAHIM, SAYING: "Thank God, we had these four organisations that looked after the national dialogue. I hope we'll go further for the better for our country Tunisia." The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented in Oslo in December.