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Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has slammed the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria. File picture: Frank Franklin II

Oslo - Pakistani teenage education advocate, Malala Yousafzai, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize a second time, lawmakers in Norway confirmed Thursday.

Labour Party legislators Freddy de Ruiter and Magne Rommetveit, who nominated the 16-year-old, said she deserves the Nobel “for her brave support for girls' right to education”.

“Her involvement was so threatening to extremist forces that they tried to kill her,” they said in a statement quoted by news agency NTB, referring to the 2012 attack on her.

Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, as she was returning from school. She was flown to Britain for treatment and has been living there due to threats.

On Wednesday, two Norwegian lawmakers said they nominated Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence contractor who leaked information on government surveillance.

Last year the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Lawmakers, academics, former peace laureates, as well as current and former members of the Nobel Committee are among those who have the right to make nominations by the February 1 deadline.

Sapa-dpa


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