Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed scoops prestigious award

Ethiopia’s peacemaking Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The top honour is in recognition of the role played by the reformist leader in ending two decades of bloody and costly conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

The two long-standing enemies waged a border war from 1998 to 2000 until relations were restored in July 2018.

The charismatic 43-year-old, who became prime minister in April last year, has also earned praise for helping to secure a power-sharing agreement in Sudan, following a political crisis that led to the arrest of the country’s long-time ruler Omar al Bashir.

He has also been hailed for his domestic reforms.

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Within months of coming to power he oversaw the release of the country’s political prisoners, condemning their torture and also freeing jailed journalists.

He has also engaged in talks with political opponents and invited exiles to return.

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Written by Chiamaka Ekeh

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