Yes, Sisi won the people's poll for Time's Person of the Year 2013, but the final decision is yet to be made by the publication's editor. And guess, what? Morsi didn't win last year. Either way, he won't be in great company.
Time Magazine has long been heralded as one of the few publication that is globally recognised for its integrity, and every year many anticipate finding out who they believe is the person of the year. Many Egyptians believe that ousted President Mohamed Morsi won last year's Time Person of the Year, when the truth is that he was in fact a runner-up behind the likes of Malala, and CEO of Apple Tim Cook, and the actual winner Barack Obama.
Proving that a year can change everything and that Egyptians are competitive in nature, Egypt has abandoned its first legitimate election and has returned to the comforting arms of its military and it's cuddly leader Generalissimo Sisi. Sisi fever is spreading faster than swine flu hysteria, and this sex icon is finding his face printed on our underwear, and furthermore, has just beaten Miley Cyrus as Time Magazine Reader's choice vote for this year’s Person of the Year.
Whether you love him or hate him, if Sisi becomes this year’s Person of the Year, he will be joining the ranks of other controversial leaders like Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin. It seems only fitting to rope him in with these leaders as opposed to other winners like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Charles de Gaulle.
The announcement of who will in fact be Time's Person of the Year will be decided by the editor on December 11th. One could assume that since Sisi has won the reader's choice vote, beating out the twerking queen, that he will at least be a runner-up. However, if he does win then he will be the fifth Middle Eastern leader to win the honour in the publication’s history, joining fellow Egyptian Anwar Sadat, Saudi's King Faisal and Iranian leaders Mohammad Mossadegh and Ayatollah Khomeini.
Clearly Egyptians are on a roll, and with no clear end to the political strife, one can assume that with every passing year there will be a new Egyptian leader to nominate and oust, and with elections to take place next year the only question that remains is which Egyptian will be our next president? Where will he place in Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year? More importantly, how long will we leave him in power until we remove him in hopes of keeping our spot at the top of Time's list?