Nobel Literature Prize won't be announced

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On Thursday, the Academy will decide whether this year's prize will go ahead, with some members reportedly concerned it is in no state to make such an award.

The Swedish Academy said today it would postpone this year's Nobel Literature Prize for the first time in nearly 70 years, as it is rocked by turmoil over links to a man accused of rape and sexual assault. On April 13th, institution ran out of a quorum for Nobel Prize in literature.

"The crisis in the Swedish Academy has adversely affected the Nobel Prize", Carl-Hendrik Heldin, president of the foundation's board, said in a statement. "Their decision underscores the seriousness of the situation and will help safeguard the long-term reputation of the Nobel Prize". He has denied the allegations. Frostenson, who was 26 years as an academic and associate member of Nobel committee, is wife of French playwright and photographer accused of sexual abuse by 18 women, Jean-Claude Arnault.

The revelations have sowed discord among the Academy's 18 members about how to move forward, and in recent weeks, six of them have chosen to resign, including permanent secretary Sara Danius.

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She had severed the group's ties with Mr Arnault and Forum, and commissioned an investigation of the academy from a law firm.

According to its statutes, at least 12 members are needed in order to vote in a new member, triggering a massive headache for the 10 remaining members.

But academy appointments are for life, and the organisation's rules do not provide for resignations; it considers those who have quit to remain members, albeit inactive, so they can not be replaced.

This story is developing.