Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume passes away

Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume passes away
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Founder of the United Kingdom's Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and 1998 Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume passed away on Monday at the age of 83 after a long illness, APA reports citing Teletrader.

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Hume was a fierce advocate of Irish unity, which he believed should be achieved by peaceful means. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside David Trimble for his role in the Northern Ireland peace process, having been one of the masterminds of the Good Friday Agreement that ended The Troubles, a conflict between pro-British and pro-Irish supporters in the region.

Hume was also a leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001, a member of the British parliament for Foyle from 1983 to 2005, and a member of the European Parliament for Northern Ireland from 1979 to 2004. In 2010, he was named "Ireland's Greatest" in a 2010 poll conducted by Ireland's national broadcaster RTE.

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