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Jakarta Post

Better luck next time for Nobel hopefuls NU, Muhammadiyah

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 17, 2019   /  03:09 pm
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A panel of speakers in a seminar titled "Challenging Islamic Extremism in Indonesia", hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo on June 20. (JP/Nezar Patria)

The country’s two-biggest Islamic organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), have learned that there is no shortcut to international recognition, after failing to win the revered Nobel Peace Prize this year amid stiff competition. The two organizations were nominated by scholars in January for their contributions to democratic developments in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. A number of big names were touted to win the prize this year, including 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, indigenous Brazilian leader Raoni Metuktire and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  However, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had won the prize "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border con...