Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

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Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”

The Nobel committee said during its announcement Friday that the coveted prize was also meant to recognize all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

Ahmed clinched a peace deal with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki last year that ended 20 years of the “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries.

According to TIME, at least 70,000 people were killed since the border disputes began in 1998, five years after Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia.

Although thousands of political prisoners have been freed since Ahmed took office in April 2018, Ethiopia’s internal issues still divide the country.

The Nobel committee acknowledged this in its announcement saying that even if much work remains in the unstable country, Ahmed had initiated important reforms that give “many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.”

The African country faces elections next year.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute said they still haven’t been able to get a hold of the Ethiopian leader.

The committee received nominations for 223 individuals and 78 organizations for the Swedish 9-million kronor, or $918,000, award. The list is kept secret for 50 years.

Last year’s winners were Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi Kurdish activist Nadia Murad for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Although the list can’t be confirmed for another five decades, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were also predicted frontrunners for the prize.

President Donald Trump was also nominated for the 2019 prize by U.S. Republican congressional members for his efforts at securing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Past winners who came under criticism include former U.S. President Barack Obama, who won in 2009 after less than a year in office for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Critics interpreted his win as a political repudiation of George W. Bush’s presidency.

5 Responses to Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

  1. This young visionary PM Abiy deserves every ounce of it. The other leader from the old country who deserved the same award was, like I said before, the late Emperor Selassie. I had explained that already!!

    O Ethiopia!!! O you that gem of the colored!!! O Ethiopia!!! I always love you even more so now!!! O Ethiopia who produced children Negash, Bilal and Mary Magdalene who saved the two major religions of the world, Islam and Christianity! O Ethiopia that showed the world the two major religions can coexist peacefully on the same God given earth!!! O Ethiopia whose gallant children showed the rest of the colored from Africa to Asia and Latin America how to stand up to a colonizer bully and beat the living daylight out of him!!! O Ethiopia! Almighty Our Creator Has Shed His Grace On Thee!!! O Ethiopia My Pride and Joy!!!!

    Last week it was our boys and girls at Doha! This is to cap the ice!!! You can’t beat that y’all!!! I’m good now! I’m good for a long time!!! Oooooooooooooooooooooooooweey!!!!!

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    Ittu Aba Farda
    October 11, 2019 at 7:00 am
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  2. I knew it. I knew it. Congrats Prime Minister Abiy. You’ve made us all proud. What a great son of Africa! Now soak it in. The task ahead of you is daunting. Ethiopia is a great country in Africa. Such a country needs and deserves a great leader, such as what you are posed to become, such as what you have become!

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    Meimatungu
    October 11, 2019 at 7:05 am
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  3. Fake ከሆነ አይቀር፣ Faksi’ሙ የተሟላ ይሆን ዘንዳ፣ ዶናልድ፣ ስብሓት ነጋ፣ ኢሳያስ አፈውርቂ እና አቢይ ሆነው ነበር በአንድ ላይ ተሰልፈው ጉቦ “ሽልማቱን” መቀበል የነበረባቸው!

    መረሳት የሌለበት፣ Mandela እና De klerk፣ እንዲሁም Arafat እና Rabin በየጊዝያቸው አብሮ ተሸላሚዎች ሆነው እማ አልነብር እንዴ? እስካሁን ጊዜ ግን ለፍልስጥኤም ሆነ ለእስራኤላውያን የመጣ ሰላም የለም:: ይሁን ኦኬ፣ የደቡብ አፍሪቃ ነጮች የሆነ አይነት ጥቅም አግኝተው እንደሆነ አላውቅም፣ ለአብዛኛዎቹ የደቡብ አፍሪቃ ጥቁሮቹ ግን ብዙም የመጣ ለውጥ ያለ አይመስለኝም፣ ለውጥ መጥቶላቸውና የሃብት ተካፋዮች ሆነው ቢሆን ኖሮ፣ በአሁኑ ጊዜ በወንድሞቻቸው ጥቁር አፍሪቃውያን ላይ የሚታየውን አይነት ጭክኔ አያሳዩም ነበር!

    ኢትዮጵያስ ውስጥ ለ 110 ሚልዮኑ ህዝብ የሆነ አይነት ጥቅም ከሽልማቱ ጋራ ተያይዞ ይመጣ ይሆንን???
    ወይንስ እየተመረጠ ተፈራራሚን መሸለም ነው ጉዳዩ………????

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    ዘረ-ያዕቖብ
    October 11, 2019 at 9:33 am
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  4. Congrats Mr. Prime Minister,

    United Ethiopia will benefit for everyone. The funny things that is going on in Ethiopia that most Somali Ethiopian believe that the country should stay together and be united no matter how many seats or positions that the people from Somali decent are holding in Ethiopia, they see the bigger picture now. Other people like Tigrai/Amharic may not see it this way now. No Tigrai/Amhara influence = No Ethiopia to them.

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    Waryaa
    October 11, 2019 at 11:22 am
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  5. Meanwhile, there should not be any blinking at the facts such prestigious prize(recognition) might not have been possible if his efforts/overtures for peace and reconciliation fell on deaf ears by others in the region. Whether they did that for their personal advantage or not they deserve kudos for going along with him/accepting his offers. I mean every one of them. They were in the company that has laid the ground for peace where the youth of each country will not be marched into killing fields. That was great news for this generation. What is going on in each of the countries is their internal affairs. Every one of them should keep their hands off from meddling in each other’s internal affairs. No more ‘distortion this or that’!!!!

    Again, all of them must be commended!!!

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    Ittu Aba Farda
    October 11, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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