PM Abiy Ahmed One of Leading Contenders for 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, According to Time Magazine

By Staff Reporter

2019-Nobel-Peace-PrizeOctober 8, 2019 ( -- Times Magazine has published about the prospects of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Abiy Ahmed is one of several leading contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, including the favorite, Greta Thunberg of Sweden.

The Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, will announce the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize this week on Friday. The prize is awarded annually to a person or organization that has done the most to promote world peace.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is praised for his work to reconcile with Eritrea after more than two decades no-war and no-peace situation. The Ethiopian prime minster has been widely commended for moving forward to much-improved relationship with neighboring Eritrea.

According to Time Magazine the effort of reconciliation is one of the reasons that put Dr Abiy Ahmed to be one of the serious contenders to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The magazines also wrote about how Dr. Abiy Ahmed brought back peace to the country when he released political prisoners days after he assumed power. The reforms and liberalizations that he introduced are considered factors that he may win the prize, according to the magazine.

“Last year has been an exciting time for Ethiopia. There has been lots of changes, including the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which were all realized by the Premier’s effort to bring stability to the country,” the magazine noted.

According to the magazine, British oddsmaker Ladbrokes offers odds of 4/1 for the Ethiopian Prime Minister to win the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, meaning he has about 25% of winning the prize.

Another heavy favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize is Greta Thunberg of Sweden. According to Time Magazine, Greta Thunberg is the clear favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize this year, citing oddsmakers estimate. Thunberg is famous for her speeches and protests over climate inaction. At 15 years old, she began her school strike outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. A year later, she led a global strike with an estimated four million people protesting climate change. Thunberg gave an emotionally-charged speech at the Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, where she condemned world leaders for their lack of action in halting climate change.

The Nobel Peace Prize is arguably the most prestigious prize in the world. It is awarded annually by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to persons or organizations for their efforts and actions for the promotion of peace in the world.

According to many, the prize is somewhat political in nature and often is met with controversy, both regarding the individual laureates and the committee’s interpretation of Alfred Nobel’s will.

This year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced that there are 301 individuals and organizations nominated for the prize.

Last year’s winners of the prize were the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege Mukengere, human right activist, and Nadia Murad, an anti-femicide activist.

The Nobel Peace Prize carries a $930,000 payout.

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