Prime Minister Abiy to receive Hessian Peace Prize

28 Aug 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Hessian Peace Prize in recognition of his indispensable role in achieving a historic peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea following a 20-year state of “no war no peace”.

“A process of reconciliation between the two states offers opportunities for the societies of both states and the East African region. These important developments and the resulting opportunities for a peaceful future are worthy of recognition,” the Albert Osswald Foundation said in a statement.

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“Abiy Ahmed Ali is one of the great hopes on the African continent. We want to honour his commitment to peace with the Hessian Peace Prize and at the same time continue to promote it.”

Nicole Deitelhoff, Head of PRIF and member of the Board of Trustees.

The domestic changes introduced by the Prime Minister are also noteworthy. In the last year and a half, Ethiopia has made significant progress in political and economic liberalization. In his first year in office, PM Abiy released thousands of political prisoners, welcomed the return of political groups from exile and appointed a gender-balanced cabinet. Free elections are also scheduled for May 2020.

The Hessian Peace Prize was established on 16th October 1993 by former Hessian Prime Minister Albert Osswald and the foundation he established. It is awarded to people who have rendered outstanding services to international understanding and peace. The Hessian Peace Prize will be awarded to the Prime Minister on 23rd September 2019.

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