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  • The prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, who forged a peace deal with Eritrea last year, has won the 2019 Nobel peace prize.
  • Ninety-nine Nobel peace prizes have been awarded since 1901, to individuals and 24 organisations.
  • In Addis Ababa, larged crowds have been welcoming home exiled dissidents.
Domestic reforms have included lifting bans on political parties, releasing imprisoned journalists and sacking a number of previously untouchable officials.
After a stint running Ethiopia’s cyber intelligence service, he entered politics eight years ago.
He is physically active and very well organised … He did not have a secretary because he wanted his office to be accessible.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, appealing for unity as ethnic violence flares in his country and reconciliation efforts with neighbouring former foe Eritrea have stalled.

Abiy Ahmed, 43, won the Nobel for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with Eritrea. Announced back in October, the prize also honoured his mediation efforts in eastern Africa and the democratic reforms he has undertaken in his country, long ruled by authority.

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