The Nobel committee couldn’t get the Ethiopian Prime Minister on the phone before announcing that Abiy Ahmed had won the award, Berit Reiss-Andersen says.
“If he’s watching us now, I would just convey my warmest congratulations,” she adds.
Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, was asked by a journalist whether she had a message to disappointed supporters of Greta Thunberg, the bookmakers’ favorite to win the prize.
Reiss-Andersen reminded those watching that the committee never comments on its own deliberations.
“On the day when we announce the prize we never comment on who didn’t get the prize, and who could have had the prize,” she said, adding that she has “no comment” on the question.
There’s no way of knowing for sure whether Thunberg was even nominated — the names considered are kept secret for decades — but it’s almost certain she was put forward.