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Will Angelina Jolie beat Narendra Modi this year?

November 26, 2013 12:11 IST

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is among Time magazine's short-listed candidates for its 'Person of the Year' title.

Time has shortlisted 42 global leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities for its 'Person of the Year 2013'. The winner will be announced in December.

Among the other candidates are New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, J P Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Pope Francis and Oscar winner Angelina Jolie.

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On Modi, Time said, "The controversial Hindu nationalist and chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat is the most likely candidate to unseat India’s ruling Congress party in the world’s largest democracy."

Modi is the only Indian in the shortlist. He has emerged as an early favourite among the readers in an online poll.

While Time's editors will choose the winner, it has asked readers to cast their votes for the person they think "most influenced the news this year for better or worse".

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So far, Modi has received over 2650 votes and is leading the online readers' poll with 25 per cent.

Modi is way ahead with Snowden, who garnered the second highest number of votes at nearly 7 per cent, at the second spot.

US President Obama, who has twice been named 'Person of the Year', is in the shortlist, with the US magazine saying the President's "second term started with a slew of self-inflicted wounds and unfulfilled promise(s), from an IRS scandal and stalled immigration reform to the bungled Obamacare launch".

Syrian President Bashar Assad is also among the contenders.

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International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Germany's re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the other contenders.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also among those shortlisted.

Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspects in the Boston Marathon terror bombings, are in the shortlist too.

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Other candidates in the fray are Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pakistani teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden and even the new heir to the British throne Prince George.

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