Monday, 23 September 2019, State Assembly of Hesse, Wiesbaden, Germany: The Speaker of the Hessian Diet, Boris Rhein, convened various high-level guests from Hesse and Ethiopia at the Music Hall of the state’s legislature for the bestowal of this year’s Hessian Peace Prize upon the 15th Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed.
Hesse’s Premier Volker Bouffier praised Abiy Ahmed in his encomium: “I am very pleased that the Hessian Peace Prize of the Albert Osswald Foundation, which will be awarded this year for the 25th time, goes to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed. We wish him and the citizens of Ethiopia and Eritrea a lot of strength, patience and success on the road to peace”.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister could not partake himself during the award ceremony, and was represented by the Minister for Peace of his cabinet, Muferihat Kamil, who thanked him on his behalf. “The Hessian Peace Prize is both an honour and an incentive to continue our reforms,” said the Minister on behalf of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The Hessian Peace Prize Foundation is headed by a board of trustees that include Chairman Karl Starzacher, Boris Rhein (Speaker of the Hessian Diet) and Nicole Deitelhoff (Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research).
For further information
Hessian Diet: https://hessischer-landtag.de/content/hessischer-friedenspreis-2019-verleihung
Hessian Government: https://staatskanzlei.hessen.de/presse/bildergalerie/verleihung-des-hessischen-friedenspreises-2019-0
Prime Minister of Ethiopia: https://pmo.gov.et
Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Germany (HE Ambassador Mulu Solomon BEZUNEH): http://aethiopien-botschaft.de/?p=3977
Image by Hessian State Assembly Landtag Chancellery Hermann Heibel.