Ethiopia Prime Minister wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in establishing a peace deal with Eritrea and stabilising tensions in the Horn of Africa.

The Ethiopian PM beat 301 candidates for the award, including 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, Brazilian environmentalist, Raoni Metuktire, and Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.

Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

Abiy Ahmed was named the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.”

Ethiopia’s prime minister only came into power in April last year but he’s made a drastic impact on the geopolitical situation in the Horn of Africa and neighbouring Sudan.

It all started with the surprise peace deal agreed between Ethiopia and Eritrea after more than 20 years of conflict. Previous governments had refused to acknowledge Eritrea’s grievances over a border dispute but Abiy was quick to begin negotiations with his country’s most bitter rival.

This peace deal paved the way for improved relations between Eritrea and Somalia with economic partnerships announced between the three nations. The Horn of Africa is renowned as a highly tense region where the threat of armed warfare has been a constant presence in recent decades.

Things look very different now.

After his diplomatic triumphs in the Horn, Abiy Ahmed later played a key role in mediating a peace deal in neighbouring Sudan after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in April.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.