Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, he beat other contenders including climate activist Greta Thunberg to win the prize.
The award announced in Norway today was in recognition of his effort in signing a peace deal with Eritrea last year following two decades of conflict. It was also to recognize his effort in promoting peace in the region.
Prime Minister Abiy was bookmakers’ second favourite to be announced as the winner, behind Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
There weare 301 nominees in all, according to the Nobel committee.
“I think what [Mr] 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,” Ethiopia analyst Awol Allo told.
Mr Abiy, 43, also recently won praise for his role in facilitating a power-sharing deal in neighbouring Sudan, after President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown.
He became Ethiopia’s prime minister in April 2018 and embarked on a series of domestic reforms that have changed the politics in the country.