Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2019

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his work towards resolving his country’s conflict with bitter foe Eritrea. The Ethiopian prime minister clinched a peace deal last year that ended 20 years of military stalemate between his country and their northern neighbour Eritrea.

Mr. Abiy was honoured ”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.

The Committee lauded him for giving his nation hope after years of conflict, tackling corruption and working to give women greater rights in his nation. The committee acknowledged that there was still much work to be done to see genuine democracy thrive in Ethiopia, but said Mr. Abiy had taken great strides in the right direction and they hoped the Peace Prize would help push further progress for democratic reform.

According to the Nobel Institute, 301 candidates were nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize - 223 individuals and 78 organisations - the fourth highest number in history.

Among the top contenders were:

Greta Thunberg

The teenage climate activist who led millions of people around the world in the biggest climate strike in history. 

Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's 40th prime minister was catapulted into the international spotlight after a mass shooter terrorised two Christchurch mosques, killing 50 people. She led lawmakers to vote to ban most automatic and semi-automatic weapons. 

Reporters without Borders 

The largest non-government organisation that specialises in defending media freedom.

Raoni Metuktire

Indigenous 89-year-old chief from the Kayapo tribe in Brazil for his work protecting the Amazon rainforest

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