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PM Modi wins reader’s poll for TIME’s Person of the Year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was declared as the winner of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year. According to TIME Magazine, Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed. TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year will be announced on December 7, and is selected by TIME Magazine editors.

  • He (Modi) placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Julian Assange, who all received seven per cent of the “yes” vote.
  • Modi was also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Mark Zuckerberg (two per cent) and Hillary Clinton (four per cent).
  • It is for the second time that Modi has won the online readers’ poll for Time Person of the Year title, securing the honour in 2014, when he had got more than 16 per cent of the almost five million votes cast.
  • For the fourth year in a row, Modi is among the contenders for Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ honour, which the US publication bestows every year to the one “who has most influenced the news and our world in the past year, for good or ill”.
  • Last year German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’.
  • This year’s poll was conducted in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson, thereby assisting TIME editors to see how candidates were influential on the Internet.

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