Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed picks up Nobel Peace Prize today

Sun Online Desk

10th December, 2019 10:40:51 printer

Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed picks up Nobel Peace Prize today

 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will collect his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo of Norway Tuesday, but as ethnic violence rises at home he has kept festivities to a minimum and refused media requests, reports AFP.

Hailed as a modern, reformist leader, Ahmed’s decision to skip all events with the press has dismayed his Norwegian hosts.

Africa’s youngest leader at just 43, he is to receive the prestigious award at a ceremony in Oslo’s City Hall at 1:00 pm (1200 GMT), attended by the royal family and Norwegian public figures.

The Nobel Committee announced in October it was honouring Abiy for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighbouring foe Eritrea.

On July 9, 2018, following a historic meeting in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki formally ended a 20-year-old stalemate between their countries in the wake of the 1998-2000 border

conflict.

The Nobel Peace Prize consists of a diploma, a gold medal and a cheque for nine million Swedish kronor (850,000 euros, $945,000).

The other Nobel prizes for literature, physics, chemistry, medicine and economics will also be handed over on Tuesday, but in Stockholm of Sweden.

 


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