No Mo Ibrahim Prize awarded, once again

For the second year in a row, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will not be presenting its $5 million prize, designated for an African leader who has ruled democratically and stepped down at the end of his or her term, due to lack of suitable candidates.
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the world’s largest annual prize, was first awarded in 2007 to President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique but has only been awarded two additional times, as the prize committee reserves the right to decline the award if no outgoing head of state meets the criteria.
"We set a very high standard, of course, and we are proud of our prize committee for being credible and tough," Mo Ibrahim, the founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, told Al Jazeera’s Yasmine Ryan.

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Photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

No Mo Ibrahim Prize awarded, once again

For the second year in a row, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will not be presenting its $5 million prize, designated for an African leader who has ruled democratically and stepped down at the end of his or her term, due to lack of suitable candidates.

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the world’s largest annual prize, was first awarded in 2007 to President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique but has only been awarded two additional times, as the prize committee reserves the right to decline the award if no outgoing head of state meets the criteria.

"We set a very high standard, of course, and we are proud of our prize committee for being credible and tough," Mo Ibrahim, the founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, told Al Jazeera’s Yasmine Ryan.

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Photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images