Controversial Nobel Peace prize chairman Thorbjoern Jagland removed

OSLO (AFP) - The controversial head of Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee was removed Tuesday and demoted to the rank of mere member in an unprecedented move.

Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian premier, drew criticism after becoming committee chairman in 2009 for awarding the prestigious Nobel to newly elected US President Barack Obama. He will be replaced by current Deputy Chair Kaci Kullmann Five.