Republican US presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump reacts during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015..
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An unnamed US nominator has proposed US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his "vigorous peace through strength ideology."
Trump, the real estate billionaire whose standing as Republican front-runner was dented by a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, was reported on Tuesday as having made it to the list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize alongside nominees such as former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, Pope Francis and Greek islanders helping Syrian refugees
Thousands of people, including members of all national parliaments, former laureates and university rectors, can make nominations. Last year there were 273 nominees.
"Huge numbers of nominations are still coming in," said Olav Njoelstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The committee will have its first meeting on Feb. 29 and announce the winner in October.