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Italian MPs name Afghan women cyclists for Nobel Peace Prize

Italian MPs name Afghan women cyclists for Nobel Peace Prize

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Jan 30, 2016 - 09:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s womeninfo-icon cycling team has been recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize by nearly 120 Italian parliamentarians, a news report said on Saturday.

“A group of 118 Italian cross-party MPs have signed a petition nominating the Afghan Cycling Federation women's team for the Nobel Peace Prize,” reported Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI).

Lawmaker from the leftist Democratic Party (PD) Ermete Realacci, who also heads the Environmental Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, organised the signature campaign for Afghan cyclists.

As many as 118 MPs, including Senate Vice-Presidents Valeria Fedeli and Linda Lanzillotta, signed the petition that was presented at a press conference at Montecitorio.

Massimo Cirri of Radio Rai said: “A decision has been made to nominate the Afghan Cycling Federation's women's team for the Nobel Peace Prize and to promote it among the members of parliament, who are responsible for presenting the nominations."

The petition, containing 10,000 signatures, was presented to the Italian ambassador in Oslo. It was sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo on Friday.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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