The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo because of his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”.
Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea last year, ending a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.
After becoming Prime Minister in April 2018 Abiy introduced massive liberalising reforms to Ethiopia. He freed thousands of opposition activists from jail and allowed exiled dissidents to return home.
The prize gives the winner 9 million Swedish crowns which is equal to about £730,000 or $900,000.
In a total of 301 candidates nominated, 223 were individuals and 73 were organisations.
Under the Nobel Foundation’s rules, nomination shortlists are not allowed to be published for 50 years. There was huge speculations if 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg could make the cut.
Mr. Ahmed would formally receive the prize in Oslo in December.
Source : Various