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Nobel prize for Greenwich alumnus

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Greenwich graduate Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Greenwich graduate Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister receives the award for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation".

Mr Abiy was instrumental in Ethiopia reaching a peace deal with Eritrea last year. This brought to an end a 20-year military stalemate following the two-year border war which began in 1998.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was widely tipped to win the 100th Nobel Peace Prize, which brings with it a prize of around £730,000. Mr Abiy will receive his award in Oslo in December.

He is the second alumnus to win a Nobel prize. Dr Charles Kao, known as the "father of fibre optics", was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication".

Last year, aged 42, he became the the youngest leader in Africa, taking over the the continent's second most populated country, with a population of 105 million people.

Mr Abiy gained an MA in Transformational Leadership and Change at the university's partner in Ethiopia, the International Leadership Institute (ILI), graduating in 2011.