3/3/15, "Controversy swirls in Norway as Nobel peace prize chair forced out," UK Guardian, David Crouch
"Perhaps most controversially, however, in Jagland’s first year as chairman the committee awarded the peace prize to US president Barack Obama, who had been in post for barely nine months, and was about to preside over a major expansion of the US military effort in Afghanistan – and the use of drones in the war on terror.
Morten Wetland, a former Norwegian ambassador to the UN, claimed last year the “most embarrassing day” in his job came when the prize was awarded to Obama, whose then-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, accused Norway of “fawning” over the new president.
Kaci Kullmann Five, the committee’s new chair, is a former leader of the Conservative party and previously Jagland’s deputy. Jagland himself will remain on the committee for a further six-year term.
“There was broad agreement within the committee that Thorbjørn Jagland had been a good chair for six years,” Kullmann Five told reporters, but declined to comment further.
The Nobel committee mirrors the political complexion of Norway’s parliament, with two members appointed by Labour, two by the Conservatives, and one from the Progress party, which since 2013 has governed in coalition with the conservatives. The committee chooses its own chairperson....
Jagland reportedly left the Nobel Institute building by a back entrance on Tuesday to avoid an encounter with journalists before the change of management was formally announced."...
"Obama won the prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," while the US was engaged in two lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as heightened US drone strikes on suspected militants in Pakistan and Yemen."...
3/4/15, "Unprecedented: Nobel Peace Prize chair who oversaw Obama award demoted," Russia Today
"Three out of six prize winners chosen under Thorbjoern Jagland have raised controversy.
Jagland’s first year as chairman in 2009 saw the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US President Barack Obama, who at that time had only been in office for nine months.
Obama won the prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," while the US was engaged in two lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as heightened US drone strikes on suspected militants in Pakistan and Yemen."...
3/4/15, "Nobel Peace Prize chairman demoted, first time in 114-year history," Reuters, Oslo
"The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize demoted its chairman on Tuesday, for the first time in the 114-year history of the award after his right-wing opponents won a majority on the prestigious panel.
3/3/15, "Nobel peace prize committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland demoted," AFP via UK Guardian
"A year after Obama received the prize, the committee drew Beijing’s ire for handing the prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a move that effectively put Norway-China relations on ice."...