Ethiopian PM wins Nobel peace prize

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been won by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ahmed was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation” between his country and Eritrea.

Mr Abiy’s peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he will receive the award in December.

The award is worth some $NZ1.4 million.

There had been speculation over who would win the prize, with climate activist Greta Thunberg widely tipped as the favourite and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern considered as third favourite.

A total of 301 candidates had been nominated for the prestigious award, including 223 individuals and 78 organisations.

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