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Donald Trump is TIME Person of the Year 2016 and PM Modi wins readers poll

Bangalore, December 7: The United State President-elect Donald Trump was on Wednesday chosen as the TIME's Person of the Year 2016 for his stunning and equally surprising victory in the presidential elections held last month.

What Is Person of the Year

Person of the Year (called Man of the Year until 1999) is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that "for better or for worse...has done the most to influence the events of the year". It all started in 1927 with Time editors contemplating the news makers of the year and every serving American President has been its face at least once  except one exception Calvin Coolidge,

“It’s a great honour. It means a lot. I have grown up reading Time magazine, it’s a very important magazine. It is a tremendous honor, I am lucky to be on the cover of Time in the past,” Trump told NBC just minutes after his name was announced as TIME Person of the Year 2016.

TIME Magazine mentioned that after campaigning as an anti-establishment, populist candidate, Trump was elected as the 45th President of the US- a stunning end to a presidential bid that repeatedly broke with political precedent. Trump beat out five other contenders, including his election rival Hillary Clinton, musician Beyonce, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to be named "the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year."

The Person of the Year is picked by Time editors from among world leaders, artists, corporate czars and organisations who influence the news in a good or bad way. Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on the cover of TIME Magazine.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the online reader’s poll for TIME Person of the Year 2016 beating several prominent leaders from across the world including US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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