The Prime Minister Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee said the 43-year-old leader won the prestigious accolade because "his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and particular, his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict neighboring Eritrea". Since Mr Ahmed became Ethiopian Prime Minister April 2018, he has focused his efforts repairing relations with Eritrea. In addition, he played a pivotal role mediating in a political crisis Sudan and South Sudan. The UN Secretary-General said Mr Ahmed, "has set a wonderful example for others in and Africa looking to overcome resistance from the past and put people first".
Mr Ahmed is being viewed as a transformative leader bringing hope to his region. June 2018, he agreed to fully implement a peace treaty signed Eritrea in 2000, which brought peace the two countries after two decades of conflict. Ethiopia and Eritrea are two the world's poorest countries but they spent hundreds millions of dollars on the war. The conflict killed tens thousands people and further impoverished many more. The UN said Mr Ahmed, "has set a wonderful example others in and Africa looking to overcome resistance the past and put people first." It added: "His vision helped Ethiopia and Eritrea achieve a historic reconciliation".