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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Will Saudi's crown prince be Time's Person of the Year?

Mohammed bin Salman was leading with 24 per cent of the readers' votes

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony and air show marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony and air show marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, one of the 10 candidates shortlisted for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year, was leading the readers’ poll on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old crown prince was leading with 24 per cent of votes, followed by the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement at six per cent.

The person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year for better or worse will be revealed on Wednesday, TIME said.

Crown Prince Mohammed made headlines this year when he launched an anti-corruption campaign that led to the arrest of more than 300 people, including princes, former and current ministers and billionaire businessmen.

He has also been lauded for his efforts in reforming Saudi Arabia's political and economic landscape and for leading the Saudi Vision 2030.

The most important changes in the kingdom included the decision to allow women to drive in 2018, plans to sell a stake in national oil giant Aramco, and restricting the powers of the religious police.

Also shortlisted were US president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, China’s president Xi Jinpig, and US special counsel Robert Mueller.

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