Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali wins Nobel Peace prize
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali wins Nobel Peace prize
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11 October, 2019, 13:59
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been crowned the victor of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for "his efforts to achieve peace and worldwide cooperation", beating 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg who was considered the favourite to win. He worked in close cooperation with the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki and quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long "no peace, no war" stalemate between the two countries.
"He has also pledged to strengthen democracy by holding free and fair elections", read the statement, noting, "In the wake of the peace process with Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy has engaged in other peace and reconciliation processes in East and Northeast Africa". "As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice".
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 will be awarded to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia, the Nobel Committee announced on Friday. "We recognize that it might be debatable whether it is too early or not. but the committee believes now is the time to recognize, and to encourage".
It said he has also initiated "important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future".
Since 1901, 99 Nobel Peace Prizes have been handed out, to individuals and 24 organizations. Under the Nobel Foundation's rules, nomination shortlists are not allowed to be published for 50 years.
On Thursday, the Swedish Academy in Stockholm awarded the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, which it had postponed in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, to Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk.
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With the exception of the prize for economics, which is to be awarded next week, all the Nobel prizes were established by the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-96), the inventor of dynamite.
The laureates receive them at elegant ceremonies on December 10 - the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896 - in Stockholm and Oslo.
With the prize comes a $918,000 U.S. cash award, a gold medal and a diploma.
All the Nobel winners will be presented with their prizes on Dec 10, on the anniversary of Nobel's death.
This year's Nobel Prize season kicked off on Monday with the Medicine Prize awarded to Americans William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza, and Britain's Peter Ratcliffe for their discoveries on how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.
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