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Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner is Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. This is how he rose to lead his nation and quickly foster peace with Eritrea, ending 20 years of conflict.

Praised for the "important reforms" launched at home

It’s the story of a boy named “revolution” Abiyot who became the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Abiy Ahmed was born in Ethiopia in 1976 to an Oromo Muslim father and an Amhara Orthodox Christian mother. At 15, he joined the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front which was fighting the dictatorship at the time. He then joined the army and was sent as a blue helmet to Rwanda, following the Tutsi genocide. He occupied a position in telecommunications during the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

During the 2000s, he strove for a reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in Oromia, his native region. He got into politics in 2010 and was the minister of Science and Technology between 2015 and 2016. On April 2, 2018, he became Ethiopia’s prime minister, and began a push for gender parity within the cabinet. While in office, he reached out to his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki. On July 9, 2018, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship.

At home, Abiy offered one political surprise after another. He released tens of thousands of prisoners, welcomed home once-banned opposition groups and acknowledged past abuses. People expressed themselves freely on social media, and he announced that Ethiopia would hold free and fair elections in 2020. The country has one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets and a female president, a rarity in Africa. And for the first time Ethiopia had no journalists in prison, media groups noted last year. The new prime minister also announced the opening-up of Ethiopia's tightly controlled economy, saying private investment would be welcome in major state-owned sectors — a process that continues slowly. This agreement put an end to 20 years of war that caused over 60,000 deaths.

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10/11/2019 3:06 PM
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17 comments

  • Brut
    4 days

    Find out more about Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the other Nobel Peace Prize nominees: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/10/10/nobel-peace-prize-2019-greta-thunberg-among-favorites-win/3919704002/

  • Imam B.
    4 days

    Unlike our toothless and unfaithful puppets...especially the Gulf pimps

  • Maureen C.
    4 days

    So the rumor of locking Christians in churches and burning them in Eritrea is just that a rumor ?

  • Susan C.
    4 days

    Don't trust this website could be very true that he wants to help people or is it just to pump himself up for election, btw I don't trust too many people

  • Ayesha H.
    4 days

    ♥️♥️

  • Yousup H.
    4 days

    অভিনন্দন

  • Neil J.
    4 days

    Hmm

  • Audrey N.
    4 days

    Lovely beautiful ❤️❤️❣️ recognition

  • Guilherme C.
    4 days

    💩

  • Shawn L.
    4 days

    Thanks

  • RedOne D.
    4 days

    Respect

  • Ramzey M.
    4 days

    Dope

  • Elias V.
    4 days

    "How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my Nobel!" (Fiona)

  • Elgar F.
    3 days

    Now Greta Thunberg can sit back and chew the words 'how dare you'

  • Wesley M.
    2 days

    The Nobel Peace prize lost all itsy credibility when they gave it to Obama for nuthin

  • Abane E.
    21 hours

    My dream is to meet this reformer I am not from Ethiopia but imagine a great continent with pple like you

  • Mekonen K.
    17 hours

    This is a joke . Im from eritrea there is no peace in eritrea or ethiopia everthing is fake .