Clinton Nominated for Nobel Prize
OSLO, Norway (AP) _ President Clinton and Pope John Paul II are among 118 nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The Awards committee secretary Geir Lundestad said today the number of nominations could increase. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 1.
In keeping with the committee’s strict policy of secrecy, names of candidates _ 85 individuals and 33 organizations so far this year _ are not made public, partly to protect some of them from persecution at home.
Those making nominations, however, often announce them and this year’s known nominees include Clinton, the pope and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Clinton has been nominated several times for the award. Though the specifics of this year’s nomination were not released, past nominations have cited his efforts to maintain peace and stability throughout the world.
Nominations are accepted from former peace laureates, the awards committee, members of national governments and assemblies, some university professors and a few organizations.
The Nobel prizes are announced in October. The amount for this year’s prizes has not been set, but in recent years each prize has been worth about $1 million.
The prizes, first awarded in 1901, are presented on Dec. 10, the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel. The Swedish industrialist invented dynamite and endowed the prizes in his will.