TIME Readers Choose Egypt’s General Sisi Over Miley Cyrus As Person Of The Year

Sisi ousted Cyrus in a closely contested battle, to win the “completely unscientific” readers’ poll.

1. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first democratically-elected government, also toppled Miley Cyrus to win the readers’ choice of TIME’s 2013 Person Of The Year.

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2. Until very recently, Cyrus was leading the poll with 29.1% of the votes. However, with Egypt accounting for the largest number of votes on the TIME.com poll, Sisi won with 449,596 of 1.9 million votes.

3. Cyrus even lost out to the Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, who received 356,771 votes (20.8%). She came in third with 279,300 votes (16.3%).

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4. It wasn’t for lack of trying though. Cyrus mobilized her 15 million Twitter followers to vote for her, and retweeted her legion of fans’ pleas to make her #TimePOY.

8. Twitter reactions to the poll were varied. There was confusion in Egypt about whether Sisi was TIME’s Person Of The Year, chosen by the magazine’s editors, and to be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

13. TIME’s POY reader poll often has bizarre results. Last year, Kim Jong Un came in first, in what a TIME story called the “completely unscientific Person of the Year reader poll.” It was a close fight between Kim Jong, Mohamed Morsi, Malala Yousafzai and Psy.


14. This year there were other close calls and big wins according to the TIME report. Malala Yousafzai (59%) beat Angelina Jolie (41%). Edward Snowden (82%) beat Barack Obama (18%).

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15. This tweet pretty much sums it up.

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