ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, its organizer announced today.
The award has been bestowed upon Abiy for his peacemaking efforts which ended two decades of hostility with neighboring Eritrea.
Since he took power, he has carried our political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopians and freed political prisoners.
“I am humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,” he said. “My deepest gratitude to all committed and working for peace. This award is for Ethiopia and the African continent. We shall prosper in peace!”
Prime minister Abiy had won the prestigious prize for “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea”, said the Nobel Committee.
It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”