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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali wins Nobel Peace Prize

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA L.L.C. based in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. His twitter handle is @simonateba and his email is simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace with neighboring Eritrea.

The Nobel committee said Mr. Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” 

It said during the announcement on Friday that the coveted prize was also meant to recognize those working to achieve peace in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

His peace deal with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki last year ended 20 years of the “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries.

The 43-year-old former army officer is credited with making reconciliation a priority since taking office in April 2018.

His reforms also seek to provide an economic dividend that would help put Ethiopia, a nation of more than 100 million people, on a more prosperous path, WSJ said following the announcement.

In July 2018, he signed a joint peace declaration with Eritrean President Isais Afwerki and committed to handing over disputed lands, including the border city of Badme.

At home, Mr. Ahmed persuaded the Oromo Liberation Front to agree to take part in wide-ranging peace talks.

Ahmed will receive a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award, a gold medal and a diploma.

The amount is denominated in Swedish kronor even though the peace prize is awarded in Norway.

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