Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions towards peace and international cooperation. The prime minister played a pivotal role in resolving the border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
The Prime minister helped end the 20-year conflict for control of the border town of Badme. Abiy released journalists and political prisoners as well as welcomed exiles back to the country. according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.
“When Abiy Ahmed reached out his hand, President Isaias Afwerki grasped it and helped to formalize the peace process between the two countries,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Nobel Peace Committee.
The 43-year-old also helped break media censorship during his early days of office. Furthermore, according to Al-Jazeera, the prime minister helped mediate the maritime conflict between Kenya and Somalia.