PHOTO The Ethiopian Prime Minister clinched a peace deal last year that ended 20 years of conflict with Eritrea.
REUTERS: TIKSA NEGERI
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a 20-year-long conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
War between the two countries began over border disputes in 1998.
At least 70,000 people died before the two sides signed a peace deal in 2000, but tensions remained high.
The conflict, which was described as “Africa’s most senseless war” by mediators, saw the two impoverished nations spend billions of dollars on weapons.
When Mr Ahmed took office last year, he freed political prisoners and signed an agreement with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.
The two leaders vowed to improve political, economic and diplomatic ties, and re-open the border.
When the deal was signed, family members divided by the dispute were able to telephone each other for the first time in two decades.
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