Ethiopian PM seen as one of the favourites for Nobel Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has emerged as one of the favourites to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, due to be announced shortly.

He won plaudits after signing a peace deal with Eritrea last year following two decades of conflict.

He is the bookmakers’ second favourite to be announced as the winner, behind Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

There are 301 nominees in all, according to the Nobel committee.

“I think what [Mr] Abiy did with the Eritrea issue was very courageous and remarkable. I think a lot of people have considered that what he has done is worthy of such a recognition,” Ethiopia analyst Awol Allo told.

Mr Abiy, 43, also recently won praise for his role in facilitating a power-sharing deal in neighbouring Sudan, after President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown.

He became Ethiopia’s prime minister in April 2018 and embarked on a series of domestic reforms that have changed the politics in the country.

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is set to be announced at 09:00 GMT.

Source: BBC

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