CAIRO: Egyptian cyber activist Wael Ghonim, who was touted as a Nobel Peace Prize candidate, on Friday congratulated the Yemeni activist who shared the honor with two Liberians for her "well deserved win."
"Congratulations to Tawakkul Karman for her well deserved win," Ghonim posted in a Twitter message, describing himself as "a proud Arab."
"Our real prize is for our countries to be more democratic and more respectful of human rights," Ghonim said.
The Nobel peace prize was won by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman.
The three prizewinners share the 2011 award "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work," Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in his announcement.
Ghonim was among three Egyptian cyber activists – including Esraa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Maher – whose names had been floated as possible winners for their contribution to protests that ended the 30-year authoritarian rule of Hosni Mubarak.