The Nobel peace prize was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.
The Nobel Committee announced the decision today, October 11. The award is given for contribution to the consolidation of peace in the world.
As explained in the Nobel Committee, the Prime Minister is awarded “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 Committee also noted that “Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need support.”
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 11, 2019
Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister last year. He began his work as head of government by releasing political prisoners from the prison. He also lifted the ban on the creation of new political parties and allowed the prosecution of officials accused of human rights violations. Since coming to power, Ahmed has also championed the role of women in politics: he appointed women to half of the government’s 20 Ministerial posts, including the country’s first female defense Minister.
But he was nominated for the Nobel peace prize for signing a peace agreement with Eritrean President Isaiah Afrika, putting an end to a twenty-year conflict between States over border territories.
It should be noted that Abiy Ahmed was among the bookmakers’ favorites.