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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in key dates

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Added 10th December 2019 09:56 AM

- April 2018: Becomes prime minister, being the first ethnic Oromo in the post, after his predecessor resigns.

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister and this year's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed Ali (C) signs the Nobel Protocol at his arrival in Oslo, Norway, on December 9, 2019; behind (From L) members of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize comitee Asle Toje, chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen, Henrik Syse and Anne Enger. (Photo by Tore Meek / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

- April 2018: Becomes prime minister, being the first ethnic Oromo in the post, after his predecessor resigns.

Here are key dates for Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who receives the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday. 
 
- August 15, 1976: He is born into a poor mixed Christian-Muslim family in the rural town of Beshasha.
 
- Early 1990s: Starts a nearly 20-year career in the military as a radio operator, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
 
- 2008: Establishes the government's cyber-spying Information Network Security Agency (INSA).
 
- 2010: Elected to parliament with the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation, which is part of the ruling coalition.
 
- 2016: After a brief stint as federal minister of science and technology, appointed vice president of the Oromia regional government.
 
- March 2018: Elected to lead the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition.
 
- April 2018: Becomes prime minister, being the first ethnic Oromo in the post, after his predecessor resigns.
 
- June 2018: Announces Ethiopia will abide by a 2002 ruling by a UN-backed commission requiring it to cede territory to Eritrea. This launches a peace process that ends a 20-year-old stalemate.
 
- October 11, 2019: He is announced winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the conflict.
 
- October 23, 2019: Protests break out denouncing Abiy after an activist claims to be the target of a security force attack plot. They turn into ethnic and religious clashes in which more than 80 people are killed.
  

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