Egypt's El Sisi may be TIME's 2013 Person of the Year, say polls
Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is in the running to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
The army general who deposed Islamist President Mohammad Morsi from power on July 3, however, is facing tough competition from his nemesis Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Both leaders are locked in a tight race one day before the voting closes on Dec. 4 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
At the time of writing this article, Sisi is leading by 20.3 percent of votes, one percentage point ahead of Erdogan, who has won 19.3 percent of votes.
American Pop singer Miley Cyrus, who has was leading the race in the past few days, appears to have been outrun by the controversial political figures. She comes in the third places with 18.1 percent.
Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of India’s BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the upcoming 2014 Indian general elections, comes in the fourth places at 16. 5percent.
In the fifth place is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is suspected behind the killing of more than 120,000 Syrians by including the chemical weapons.
Regardless of the votes, TIME’s editors have the ultimate decision on who should be named as the person of the year. The announcement will be made on Dec. 11.