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US President-elect Donald Trump has been named 2016 Time magazine Person of the Year.

The real estate billionaire was awarded the title following his unexpected victory in the race for the White House.

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Donald Trump edged out rival Hillary Clinton, the first woman to secure a presidential nomination from a major party, who came in second place.

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Other shortlisted nominees include Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Others include gold-medal winning US gymnast Simone Biles, singer Beyonce Knowles and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

”To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor,” the president-elect said. ”It’s a very important magazine and I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year.”

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Time’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs called picking Mr. Trump ”straightforward”. She said the president-elect has redrawn the rules of America’s politics.

Time Magazine has although historically given the president-elect or the president the Person of the Year title each election year. President Obama (2008, 2012) and George W. Bush (2000, 2004) won it after both of their elections.

Online hackers, who did not appear on the list of the shortlisted finalists, took the third place in the voting.

According to Time Magazine, the person of the year title goes to ”the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse.”

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Infamous people to have graced the magazine’s cover over the years include Adolf Hitler, Iran’s Ayatullah Khomeini and Joseph Stalin. Sometimes, Time Magazine has chosen to highlight the influence of an object (the personal computer) or an archetype (a protester).