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#LEADERSHIP: Angela Merkel to receive Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named winner of this year’s Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2013.

The annual prize, this year awarded by an international jury headed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, praised Mrs Merkel’s role in global affairs.

59-year-old Mrs Merkel, a former research scientist, is the first woman to be elected to Germany’s highest political office and has been widely credited with shepherding Germany – Europe’s biggest and most important economy – and the beleaguered European Union in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, which awards the Prize, said in a statement that Dr Merkel was chosen for her “exemplary leadership in Europe and the world during the financial crisis, her stewardship of German economic growth and the promotion of global economic stability, her commitment to universal peace and disarmament, and her leadership role in strengthening productive and mutually beneficial relations with India and other developing countries.”

Dr Merkel, who was elected Chancellor in 2005, was named by Forbes magazine the second most important person in the world in 2012.

Previous winners of the Prize, which recognizes individuals or organizations for their efforts to promote international peace and development, include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbhachev, Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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