Nobel Peace Prize call for NZ PM Jacinda Ardern

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 26, 2019 08:48 hrs
Jacinda Ardern

Wellington: A petition has been launched proposing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the recipient of the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize for her response during Christchurch mosques shootings. The petition was launched by French poet Dr Khal Torabully founder of the intellectual centre, House of Wisdom Fez-Granada.

"Following the tragic events of Christchurch and the adequate, open and peaceful response of New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern, we wish to propose her as the recipient of the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize," Torabully was quoted as saying.

Stating that Ardern acted for the general public, Torabully said that in many countries, especially in France, there is a gap between the political elite and the people. "She inspired love and hope across the world. We need leaders like that.

This is a really big step for peace in the world. I believe New Zealand can be a place where something big can happen for mankind," he added.

Calling the mosque shootings one of New Zealand's darkest days, Ardern announced a ban on military style, semi-automatic guns and assault rifles following the Christchurch mosque shootings.