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Obama gets no Nobel wake-up call

world Updated: Oct 09, 2009 17:37 IST

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U.S. President Barack Obama did not get the customary phone call from the Norwegian Nobel Committee to tell him he had won this year's Peace Prize, the committee's chief Thorbjoern Jagland said on Friday.

"To wake up a president in the middle of the night is not something you should do," Jagland told reporters. Usually, the laureate is telephoned from Oslo an hour or so before the announcement at 0900 GMT (5 a.m. Washington time).

Jagland said the five-member committee also feared that the name of the winner would leak out before it was officially announced in Oslo, as has sometimes happened in the past.