And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes To…

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019 announcement was made on Friday, October 11th, 2019. While the other Nobel prize laureates are announced in Stockholm, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, the capital of Norway by The Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has been awarded the 100th Nobel Peace prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”

Alfred Nobel in his will back in 1895 had specified that the peace prize should go to “the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses.”

Abiy Ahmed, 43, is a former army intelligence officer specializing in cyber intelligence. He started his political career in 2010. Soon after he became the Prime Minister in April 2018, Abiy Ahmed pushed through political and economic domestic reforms by lifting bans on political parties, releasing tens of thousands of prisoners, sacking officials accused of torture, working on religious harmony, allowing privatization and liberalization of key economic sectors.

He truly institutionalized democracy by freeing journalists, awarding freedom to people to express their voice through social media and allowing dissident voices and announcing that they would have free and fair elections in 2020.

He believes in diversity which clearly reflects in his mixed cabinet; half the ministers in his cabinet are women, and all of Ethiopia’s major ethnic and religious groups are represented. He is progressive and inclusive, a courageous leader who relies on bold personal initiatives and charisma to drive change.

He has a doctorate in peace and security studies. His promising work directed at reconciliation and social justice has been instrumental in facilitating peace, security and political stability in his region and gives many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.

Truly a modest and noble leader, Abiy Ahmed has been rightfully awarded the Nobel Peace prize and shall receive a gold medal, diploma and prize money of 9 million Swedish Kronor.

GREG RAKOZY NIKLAS ELMEHED

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