Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali wins Peace Nobel

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Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve peace and worldwide cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea", the jury said.

"The committee hopes that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation", tweeted The Nobel Prize.

On July 9, 2018, following a historic meeting in Eritrea's capital Asmara, Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki formally ended a 20-year-old stalemate between the countries in the wake of the 1998-2000 border conflict.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks at a news conference at his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 1, 2019. "As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice".

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

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

The award consists of a gold medal, a diploma, and nine million Swedish kronor (around $912,000 or 828,000 euro).


Last year, the honour went to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad, for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize will be handed out Friday with plenty of speculation about possible winners but no hints from the Nobel committee, which doesn't reveal the names of candidates or nominations for 50 years.

Controversy stalks the Nobel prizes for peace and literature in a way it rarely does for science.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

The prize, which is worth around €850,000, will be presented in Oslo on 10 December.

With the exception of the prize for economics, which is to be awarded next week, all the Nobel prizes were established by the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-96), the inventor of dynamite.

This year's Nobel Prize season kicked off on Monday with the Medicine Prize awarded to Americans William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza, and Britain's Peter Ratcliffe for their discoveries on how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.

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