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Time magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as joint person of the year for 2020

Time magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as joint person of the year for 2020

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Time magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as joint person of the year for 2020

American president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris have been jointly named as Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year.

The Democratic former vice president and his running mate, a California senator whose election broke gender and racial barriers, together "offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket", Time said in a profile of the pair.

"America bought what they were selling: after the highest voter turnout in a century, they racked up 81 million votes and counting, the most in presidential history, topping Trump by some 7 million votes and flipping five battleground states," Time wrote.

Donald Trump, the 45th US president and Time's 2016 Person of the Year was among three other finalists in the running this year, Time said.

The two others, both group candidates, were the healthcare workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic, and participants in the racial justice movement sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The Person of the Year is usually an individual, but multiple people have been named in the past.

The title is one, according to the magazine, signifying "who affected the news or our lives the most, for better, or worse".

Time began its tradition in 1927. Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg last year became the youngest individual winner of the accolade.

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Mr Biden (78), who served two terms as vice president to Barack Obama, will become the oldest person to assume the office of US president when he is sworn in on January 20.

Harris will become the first woman, the first black and the first person of Asian descent to be inaugurated vice president.

Mr Trump, who has continued to claim the 2020 election was stolen from him, is not expected to attend the inauguration.

Time magazine also named the Korean pop group BTS as its Entertainer of the Year, and basketball star LeBron James was crowned Athlete of the Year.


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