CNN Arabic readers choose Turkish PM as 'Man of Year'
JEDDAH / NEW YORK — Anatolia News Agency | 1/2/2011 12:00:00 AM |
Turkey's prime minister has been named 'Man of the Year' by readers of CNN Arabic's website.
Turkey's prime minister has been named "Man of the Year" by readers of CNN Arabic's website.
According to the Dubai-based, Arabic-language news portal, 74 percent of readers voted for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, carrying him to the top position in the ranking.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad followed Erdoğan on the list, getting 20 percent of the vote.
The CNN Arabic website said Erdoğan had been given the "Man of the Year" title thanks to his recent success in diplomacy.
The portal pointed to Erdoğan's stance at the Davos summit, his diplomatic success in the aftermath of the Mavi Marmara attack, Turkey's role in Iraq and Afghanistan, Erdoğan's role as a mediator between Iran and the world, and Turkey's efforts to solve problems between Syria and Lebanon.
Meanwhile, readers of The New York Times named Istanbul their "favorite travel destination" for 2010.
The paper, which asked its readers early in 2010 where they wanted to visit throughout the year, revealed in its latest travel edition that Istanbul was the winner of the poll.
The New York Times said its readers voted for Istanbul because of the city's history, people and culture.
Colombia, Seoul, Costa Rica and New York followed Istanbul in the ranking, the paper also said.