Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

His win follows his endless efforts that saw a 20-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea come to an end after he took power in 2018.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali,” a statement from the Academy reads.

He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday.

His fellow Ethiopian, Awol Allo who also serves as an associate professor of law at Keele University in Britain said Abiy deserved the win for putting to a stop a largely pointless war over disputed border territory that came at huge human cost for both countries.

“I think what Abiy did with the Eritrea issue was very courageous and remarkable. I think a lot of people have considered that what he has done is worthy of such a recognition.” Said Allo.

“The two countries are no longer in the state of war. Families have been reunited because flights are now running between the two countries. Relations that have been severed for 20 years have been rekindled,” he added

Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea last in 2018, ending a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

End to war measure

After becoming prime minister in April 2018, Mr Abiy introduced massive liberalising reforms to Ethiopia, shaking up what was an extremely tightly controlled nation.

He freed thousands of opposition activists from jail and allowed exiled dissidents to return home. Most importantly, he signed a peace deal with Ethiopia’s neighbour Eritrea, ending a two-decade conflict.

But his reforms also lifted the lid on Ethiopia’s ethnic tensions, and the resulting violence forced some 2.5 million people from their homes

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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