Greta Thunberg snubbed as Nobel Peace Prize goes to Ethiopian PM for ending war
GRETA Thunberg has been snubbed for the Nobel Peace Prize which has instead been awarded to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for ending the 20-year Eritrea conflict.
Bookies had suggested the teen climate campaigner was the front runner for the illustrious honour, after she launched a furious tirade at the United Nations.
But the Nobel Institute gave the award to the Ethiopian leader for ending one of Africa’s longest running conflicts.
Within months of coming to office in 2018 ,the 43-year-old signed a “Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship” with Eritrean Prime Minister Isaias Afwerki.
He was also praised for his domestic reforms, including releasing tens of thousands of political prisoners and allowed previously banned opposition groups.
The prize is £730,000 and will be formally awarded in Oslo in December.
Greta first came to prominence after launching a school strike that has inspired millions of kids to take Fridays off to protest about climate change.
The 16-year-old Swede started the “Fridays for Future” movement to demand action be taken to combat global warming and is currently taking a year off school to focus on campaigning.
Greta started the strike alone outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm last August and has gone on to become one of the most recognisable faces in world affairs.
The enmity between the two countries that occupy the Horn of Africa came after a border war fought between 1998 and 2000.
The two countries disputed their border in the scrubby and desolate plains of Badime.
Around 80,000 soldiers and civilians died in the war which drained the resources of the two countries.
The total cost to Ethiopia of the war and was believed to be around $3 billion while Eritrea was force to conscript 300,000 soldiers – a tenth of its population.