Nobel chairman: peace prize signal on Arab Spring

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OSLO, Norway (AP) -- The chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee says that the award should be seen as a signal that both women and Islam have important roles to play in the Arab Spring revolutions.

Thorbjoern Jagland, who heads the five-member committee, told The Associated Press that including Muslim activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen is "a signal that the Arab Spring cannot be successful without including the women in it."

He also said Karman belongs to a Muslim movement with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group "which in the West is perceived as a threat to democracy." He added that "I don't believe that. There are many signals that that kind of movement can be an important part of the solution."