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Shortlist for Time's Person of the Year: Trump, Farage, Erdogan... Beyoncé

This year’s Person of the Year will join recent winners such as Barack Obama and Angela Merkel.

Image: Nigel Farage via Facebook

NIGEL FARAGE HAS been named on the 11-strong shortlist for Time’s Person of the Year award.

Each year the publication gives the title to a person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

Time’s editors will have the final say on who gets the nod this year, but the magazine’s readers are also encouraged to vote for who they think deserves the title.

He will face opposition from world leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, as well as Beyoncé Knowles and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

A massively divisive figure, Farage was one of the leaders for the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

Since the referendum, he has solidified his friendship with President-elect Trump, faced absolute chaos in his UK Independence Party and has continuously criticised UK politicians for softening their stance on Brexit.

The other 10 candidates for Time’s Person of the Year 2016 are:

Simone Biles

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Twelve Source: Dmitri Lovetsky AP/Press Association Images

The 19-year-old gymnast was a sensation at the Olympic Games in Rio, winning four gold medals and one bronze.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Source: Cliff Owen AP/Press Association Images

She became the first woman to receive the US presidential nomination from a major political party, but lost out to Trump in the November election.

CRISPR Scientists

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Scientists have been working hard on this DNA editing technology, that it is believed may have the potential to transform how we treat disease.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Erdogan Source: AP/Press Association Images

The Turkish leader has survived an attempted coup, and has solidified his rule on the country ever since.

The Flint whistleblowers

Flint Water Source: Carlos Osorio AP/Press Association Images

Local residents, along with civil engineers and doctors, drew national attention to poisoned water in Flint, Michigan. The environmental crisis there has yet to be resolved.

Beyoncé Knowles

Campaign 2016 Clinton Source: Andrew Harnik AP/Press Association Images

Time said the singer “continued to surprise and provoke a global audience” by using her latest album, Lemonade, to address racial injustice, political violence and feminism.

Narendra Modi

Trump India Source: Saurabh Das AP/Press Association Images

The Indian Prime Minister has attempted to guide his country’s economy, and turn it into a success story in the past year.

Vladimir Putin

Russia Japan Source: Dmitri Lovetsky AP/Press Association Images

The Russian leader continued to dominate Western headlines this year, with Russian intervention in Syria and potential Russian involvement in the hacking of the democratic party in the US topping the list.

Donald Trump

Democrats Future Source: John Minchillo AP/Press Association Images

What to say about the President-elect? He has defied the odds to win the Presidency, and is set to take office next month.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Ad Metrics Source: Eric Risberg AP/Press Association Images

This year, Facebook surpassed 1 billion daily mobile users, but its founder has also come under fire for the fake news phenomenon which many believe impacted the election.

In a reader’s poll, Narendra Modi got the nod as the most influential person of 2016. The winner of the Person of the Year will be announced tomorrow.

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