Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

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For precisely this reason, awarding it to the young reformer hailing from Addis Ababa despite the stalled progress on his peace initiative is also the wrong choice.

"I hope that our constructive efforts aiming at ending all conflicts and differences in Africa will continue thanks to the will of our great sons and people".

"As prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice", Reiss-Anderson said.

On a more personal note, Abiy and his wife, Zinash, have four children, three girls and one boy who is recently adopted.

Liberian President George Weah calls it a "noble feat".

In an interview with VOA's Horn of Africa service in May 2019, Abiy acknowledged that he planned to be an agent of change.

Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility.

Njoelstad said Friday Abiy "was emotionally affected" and said he hoped it could help strengthen peace in the region.

The prize, worth 9 million Swedish crowns ($900,000), will be awarded in Oslo in December.

He was awarded the prize for his efforts to "achieve peace and global cooperation".

Where did the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea begin? .

Asle Sveen, a historian who has written several books about the Nobel Peace Prize, told Reuters the deal made Abiy exactly the kind of candidate Alfred Nobel had envisaged for the prize.

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The committee has in the past used its prestigious award to nudge a peace process forward and Friday's recognition of Abiy falls into that line of thinking.

"He has made peace, forgiveness and reconciliation key policy components of his administration", Ali's office said in a statement. Improvements to Eritrea's human rights landscape has been limited -many of the country's residents remain increasingly isolated under Isaias's tight grip on power.

He applauds Ahmed's work so far but believes there is still a long way to go before his reforms can bring stability to one of the most troubled regions in the world.

But the council noted that about 2.3-million Ethiopians have been forced to leave their homes, mostly due to the ethnic violence in the country.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said he was "proud to be Ethiopian" in offering his congratulations to the prime minister.

"However, we still have legitimate concerns and grievances that Abiy needs to address".

Daniel Bekele, a former political prisoner and Africa director at New York-based Human Rights Watch, now heads the government's human rights commission.

Abiy swiftly released dissidents from jail, apologised for state brutality, and welcomed home exiled armed groups.

According to Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, the Unity Park is a manifestation of an idea or synergy.

"The peace deal has ended a long conflict with Eritrea, and he is very popular for having done this, and he is doing democratic reforms internally", Sveen said. The Nobel committee, which has been awarding the recognition for 50 years, doesn't reveal the names of nominations.

He beat teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, native Brazilian leader Raoni Metuktire and the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who were tipped as potential winners.

After becoming prime minister in April 2018, Mr Abiy introduced massive liberalising reforms to Ethiopia, shaking up what was a tightly controlled nation. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, though the other prizes are announced in Stockholm.

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