October 7, 2010 by staff 

Kohl, (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is the first candidate to win the Nobel Peace Prize with the European Union and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl also among the contenders, the television networks of Norway said Thursday the main.

Broadcasters NRK and TV2, have a history of naming the eventual winner in their new major programs of the night before the announcement, which comes at 0900 GMT on Friday.

The European Union and Kohl – who helped unify Germany 20 years ago after the fall of the Berlin Wall – not previously considered likely candidates for the award by a committee of five discrete non-EU Norway.

An award to Chinese dissident Beijing would break by a powerful light on the issue of human rights in the economic superpower in Asia, which seeks to play a greater role in international affairs.

Another leading candidate is Afghan women’s rights activist Sima Samar, the broadcasters said.

Both also mentioned Chinese Uighur Kadeer as a potential winner, although the Committee Chair Thorbjoern Jagland kept his cards close to his chest in an interview NRK.

“We must try to understand what is happening in the world, identify what we want to encourage and I think we can achieve this (with this year’s award),” said Jagland, former Norwegian Prime Minister in borne by the board since 2009.

Choice last year of President Barack Obama, less than nine months in office provoked strong criticism. Nobel observers say the panel is likely to select a winner of more traditional this year. [ID: nLDE6951X4]

“It will be a good price this year as well, and one that can set the agenda,” said Jagland.

Among the other hopefuls Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the International Criminal Court, the Democratic Voice of Burma – a radio station based in Oslo and the television station based in new transmission to the military has ruled Myanmar – Argentina and large mother’s rights group in the Plaza de Mayo.

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