Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”.
Mr Abiy was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
PM Abiy spearheaded a peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea last year, bring to end a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.
The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns (about £730,000; $900,000), will be awarded in Oslo in December.
A total of 301 candidates had been nominated for the prestigious award, including 223 individuals and 78 organisations.
Abiy Ahmed came into power as Prime Minister in April 2018 and introduced massive liberalising reforms to Ethiopia, shaking up what was an extremely tightly controlled nation.
He freed thousands of opposition activists from jail and allowed exiled dissidents to return home. Most importantly, was a peace deal he signed with Ethiopia’s neighbour Eritrea, ending a two-decade conflict.
But his reforms also lifted the lid on Ethiopia’s ethnic tensions, and the resulting violence forced some 2.5 million people from their homes.