Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has missed out on a Nobel Peace Prize, with the prize going to the Ethiopian Prime Minister.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea.

She said many challenges still remained in the region, but said she hoped the prize would help encourage Mr Ahmed's efforts.

With the glory comes a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award, a gold medal and a diploma.

"In close cooperation with the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles for a peace agreement to end the long no peace stalemate between the two countries".

The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed's efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement, the statement said.

Last year Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki formally restored relations, ending 20 years of enmity and severed ties between the East African nations, and citizens from both counties immediately began phoning each other to get back in touch. "As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice", the Committee observed while making the announcement at The Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway.

The deadline for nominations for the awards was in February, but the Nobel committee can add names to its list after its closing.

According to Nobel himself, the peace prize should go "to the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses".

They were awarded for their work in the fight to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will. No doubt some people will think this year's prize is being awarded too early.

In his will, Alfred Nobel, the Swedish industrialist and inventor of dynamite, decided the peace prize should be awarded in Oslo.

Achievements in Medicine, Physics and Chemistry have already been honoured and the Economics Prize will wrap up the 2019 Nobel prize season on October 14.

All the Nobel winners will be presented with their prizes on Dec 10, on the anniversary of Nobel's death.

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