Ethiopian PM Emerging as Early Nobel Peace Prize Favorite



Ethiopian PM Emerging as Early Nobel Peace Prize Favorite



Oct 9, 2019: One of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s biggest victories was the peace deal he brokered with neighbor Eritrea. The deal, signed in July last year, ended a nearly 20-year military stalemate with Eritrea following their 1998-2000 border war.


Asle Sveen, a historian who has written several books about the Nobel Peace Prize, told Reuters the deal made Abiy exactly the kind of candidate Alfred Nobel had envisaged for the prize.



“The peace deal has ended a long conflict with Eritrea, and he is very popular for having done this, and he is doing democratic reforms internally,” Sveen said.



When Ahmed took office in April 2018, he freed political prisoners and went on to sign a peace agreement with his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki, indicating that Ethiopia would accept the border and he would hand over disputed land territories. Since taking power, Ahmed has also championed the role of women in politics — he appointed women to half of the government’s 20 ministerial posts, including the country’s first female defense minister.



British oddsmaker Ladbrokes offers odds of 4/1 for the Ethiopian Prime Minister to win.



His chief competition is expected to come from 16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.