OSLO (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea.
Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border struggle from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility.
The prize, price 9 million Swedish crowns, or round $900,000, might be offered in Oslo on Dec. 10.
“Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded this 12 months’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to attain peace and worldwide cooperation, and particularly for his decisive initiative to resolve the border battle with neighboring Eritrea,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated in its quotation.
“The prize can also be meant to acknowledge all of the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and within the East and Northeast African areas,” it added.
At 43, Abiy Ahmed is the youngest head of presidency in Africa.
“This victory and recognition is a collective win for all Ethiopians, and a name to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the brand new horizon of hope – a affluent nation for all,” the prime minister’s workplace stated.
It quoted Abiy as saying: “We’re proud as a nation.”
CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR ABIY
Since taking workplace in April 2018 after the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn following three years of road unrest, Abiy has introduced a sequence of reforms that maintain the promise of essentially altering the nation of some 100 million individuals.
From partial liberalization of the state-controlled economic system to overhauling the safety forces which have helped the ruling coalition keep a decent grip on energy since 1991, the guarantees have raised hopes within the nation and overseas.
Abiy’s landmark achievement to this point is securing peace with neighboring Eritrea.
What stays to be seen is whether or not Abiy – who joined the Ethiopian military in his teenagers and rose by means of the ruling EPRDF coalition over the previous 20 years – can reshape Ethiopia and open it as much as the world from inside the present system.
He faces challenges together with resistance to alter from vested pursuits inside his coalition, and the likelihood that violence, together with in June when a rogue state militia chief killed the area’s state president and different high degree officers, might escalate.
He additionally faces excessive expectations from younger Ethiopians who need jobs, improvement, and alternatives.
The Nobel Peace Prize might be offered in Oslo on Dec. 10, the anniversary of the loss of life of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who based the awards in his 1895 will.
Reporting by Gwladys Fouche and Terje Solsvik in Oslo, Maggie Fick and Katharine Houreld in Nairobi; Modifying by Timothy Heritage