/Trump Nobel reward election might be phony

Trump Nobel reward election might be phony

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Mr Trump was reportedly nominated for his “ideology of peace by force” by an anonymous American

A nomination made for US President Donald Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize was potentially fraudulent, according to the awarding committee.

The Norwegian committee has filed a report with police over its concerns.

Mr Trump was reportedly nominated for his “ideology of peace by force” by an anonymous American.

The director of the Nobel Institute said there were concerns that Mr Trump’s nomination may have been falsified.

I can say that we have good reason to believe that [the nomination of Mr Trump] is a fake,” Nobel Institute Director Olav Njølstad told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

“The same ‘fake’ nomination probably took place last year too,” Mr Njølstad said.

Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize must be submitted by 31 January each year; the winner will be announced in early October.

The process for nominating candidates is highly restricted.

Those who are entitled to propose candidates for the prize include members of parliament and government, former laureates and some university professors.

In 2009, only a year into his term of office, US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

In 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union for transforming Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”.

The 2017 edition of the prize was won by the anti-nuclear weapons group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.