Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali

Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that Abiy Ahmed Ali won the award for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions, according to the Nobel Peace Prize website.

"When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long no peace, no war stalemate between the two countries," the website said.

The website further said that an important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s "unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002".

The Nobel Prize tweeted, "In Ethiopia, even if much work remains, Peace Laureate Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice."