The results may not be in until Dec. 6, but the people seem to have already decided who they want to be Time's 2017 "Person of the Year."
It's certainly not President Donald Trump, a former reality TV star accused of sexual assault who became the president of the United States. And it's also not Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia who many believe engineered the aforementioned U.S. commander-in-chief's victory.
It is instead, a relatively obscure person who is just now coming into the limelight, but is immensely powerful in his country.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has, at just 32, managed to make a name for himself on the international stage.
The millennial prince has garnered over 14 percent of the vote, no easy feat compared to Trump's paltry 4 percent. Although the number of votes won't actually affect Time's ultimate selection, they do reflect the public's mood.
I won't be surprised if Time's Person of the Year is Mohammed Bin Salman.— Ayesha Ijaz Khan (@ayeshaijazkhan) November 26, 2017
What do Mohammed bin Salman, #MeToo, Colin Kaepernick, The Dreamers, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau have in common?— shAwn ?? (@shAwneee514) November 26, 2017
....they all have more votes for TIME's "Person of the Year" than @realDonaldTrump!
Cast YOUR vote!
Bin Salman has emerged as an influential figure in the wake of the large-scale restructuring of power within Saudi Arabia and also of the reconfiguration of regional ties in the Gulf.
The crown prince is credited for what was euphemistically called the anti-corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia, which virtually removed most other political players from the royal household, leaving the field clear for Bin Salman.
The heir apparent to the Saudi throne seems to want to drag out the conflicts within the Islamic world for longer.
Recently, he referred to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the “new Hitler of the Middle East”. More importantly, for global powers, bin Salman seems to believe the Wahhabi strand of Islam is no longer beneficial to the his empire, and has stressed on socially liberal policies in his “Vision 2030."
Mohammed bin Salman is referred to as “Mr. Everything” in his country because of the vast power he holds. The young man has held meetings with Putin and former President Barack Obama.
Not only does he have an important part to play in global politics, he seems to be cognizant and welcoming of the role he will play.
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