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Trump Nobel prize ‘still merited’: Oslo MP

Donald Trump’s reaction to defeat in the presidential election has caused a rethink for a Norwegian politician who nominated the US leader for a Nobel Peace Prize.

But the president’s apparent “mental imbalance” did not bring a total change of heart for MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

Tybring-Gjedde, of the right-wing populist Progress Party, said the nomination was still merited, but he would not put forward Trump in the current circumstances.

“The Peace Prize nomination was designated for the peace agreement he achieved in the Middle East,” Tybring-Gjedde told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

“But after the (US presidential) election defeat, he has shown some signs of mental imbalance.

“This is not the time to receive the Peace Prize.”

The Norwegian politician nominated Trump in September for brokering a deal on normalising relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

He said peace efforts in the Middle East have been running for decades, and Trump had made greater progress than anyone else.

Tybring-Gjedde also nominated Trump for the 2019 award, citing Trump’s 2018 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

On Wednesday a mob stormed the buildings of the US Congress hours after Trump had whipped up his supporters with baseless allegations of election fraud and encouraged them to march to the Capitol.

One woman was shot and killed, and three others died, as hundreds of demonstrators breached security and forced entry to the iconic building, disrupting Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.

Tybring-Gjedde said the scenes of the mob were “frightening”.

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