Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedat at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 2018.
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had been the favorite to win. Abiy Ahmed was the bookmakers’ second favorite to win. He was elected leader in 2018 and he has played a key role in 20-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also a contender, who was lauded for her response to the Christchurch shooting earlier this year.
This year’s peace prize was the 100th to be awarded. According to the Nobel Institute there were 301 nominees in the running for this year’s peace prize, the fourth highest on record. The record was 376 candidates in 2016. However, the list of nominees is only revealed 50 years after the prize is awarded.
Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and human rights activist Nadia Murad were joint winners in 2018 for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
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