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Abi Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize after efforts to end conflict with Eritrea

OSLO-ALSHARQIYA Oct 10:  Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed on Friday won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end two decades of hostility with Eritrea. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed at a press conference in his office in Addis Ababa on 1 December Although Africa's youngest leader still faces enormous challenges, in less than two years he has launched political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restore relations With Eritrea, which has been at a standstill since the 1998-2000 border war. "It is a prize for Africa, and for Ethiopia," Abi Ahmed said in a taped telephone conversation with the secretary of the Nobel Committee, which was published on the Internet. International cooperation, especially his decisive initiative to resolve the border dispute with Eritrea. She added that the award is a tribute to all concerned parties working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the regions of East and North-East Africa. Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said the Nobel committee's decision appeared to be aimed at promoting the peace process, such as the 1994 award shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for reconciliation efforts in South Africa. He told Reuters it was a case of willingness to engage constructively in the peace process ... to promote and encourage Abe, 43, took office in April 2018 after Haile Mariam Dessalin's resignation following three years of violent anti-government protests. The ruling coalition has already begun to take conciliatory measures, including the release of many political detainees, but Abu Hurri has accelerated the pace of reforms. His government promised to liberalize the state-controlled economy, lifting the ban on many political parties and isolating or arresting many senior officials accused of corruption, torture or murder. The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns, or about $ 900,000, will be presented in Oslo on December 10. December 10 marks the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who recommended the Nobel Prize in 1895.

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