Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

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The winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize is Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia. He got the prize for solving the conflict with neighbouring country Eritrea and achieving peace. There were over 200 applications.

The 43-year-old Abiy also recently won plaudits for his role in helping to broker a power-sharing deal in neighboring Sudan, after a political crisis that led to the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the country’s ruler for almost three decades.

He has received both praise and criticism for his reforms in one of Africa’s most populous nations, with more than 100 million people.

The early months of his premiership were marked with bold and progressive decision making; he released the country’s political prisoners, denouncing their torture and also freeing jailed journalists. Abiy also met with the political opposition and civil society to discuss reform and invited previously exiled political parties to return to their country. He embarked on major institutional reforms, including the security and justice sectors.

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Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed

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