Fernando de la Rúa, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Former Argentine president among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, the former Argentine president Fernando de la Rúa is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 28/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not de la Rúa for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 84-year-old politician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes de la Rúa so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the politician have already been named ‘Argentine Of The Year’ by some major Argentine newspapers and even ‘Córdoba Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Córdoba (Fernando de la Rúa's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Fernando de la Rúa Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 27 Oct 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveFernando”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 27 Oct 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Fernando de la Rúa?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 27 Oct 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Fernando de la Rúa?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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