Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for bringing Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict to an end

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki at the re-opening of the Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa. EPA-EFE/Stringer

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Ahmed was given the prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea”.

The judging panel added that the distinction is also meant to recognise “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions”.

“The Committee hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace reconciliation,” it also said.

The office of the Ethiopian prime minister has tweeted of its pride “as a nation”.

Ahmed was among the favourites to win alongside Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Native Brazilian leader and environmentalist Raoni Metuktire for his work to protect the Amazon.

Earlier this week, the winners for Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Literature were announced.

Source: Euro News