The choice by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the 2019 Peace Prize to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his decisive initiative to resolve the 20-year-old border battle with Eritrea and his efforts to advertise reconciliation, solidarity and social justice inside Ethiopia is welcome.
The committee acknowledges that whereas some challenges stay unresolved, it’s of the view that initiatives in direction of peace and democratic growth require time, and so, the Ethiopian chief’s efforts deserve recognition and encouragement.
The previous intelligence chief, who led a spy workforce on reconnaissance mission into areas held by the Eritrean Defence Forces in the course of the 1998-2000 struggle with Eritrea, grew to become prime minister in April 2018 after the surprising resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn as prime minister.
Most notable of his initiatives was ending the two-decade lengthy battle with Eritrea. At dwelling, he initiated reforms altering the nation’s political panorama after years of iron-fist rule by the Ethiopian Folks’s Revolutionary Democratic Entrance.
In his first 100 days as prime minister, Abiy Ahmed lifted the nation’s state of emergency, freed hundreds of political detainees, together with opposition chief Andargachew Tsege, ended media censorship, legalised outlawed opposition teams, and dismissed corrupt army and civilian leaders. Half his ministers are girls.
He has labored to dealer peace between Kenya and Somalia, normalise ties between Eritrea and Djibouti, and convey warring factions collectively in Sudan.
The Nobel Prize for PM Abiy Ahmed Ali is a tribute to democratic hope in a world the place it’s simple to lapse into cynicism, as established democracies see breakdown of establishments below assault from populism. Could he dwell as much as that expectation.