Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was voted "Man of the Year" for 2010 by readers of CNN's Arabic language website on Sunday.
Erdogan won the honor by a large margin, receiving 74% of the vote. His nearest competitor was Syrian President Bashar Assad, who received 20% of the vote.
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CNN Arabic, based in Dubai, stated that the results of the poll
represent the "general mood of the Arab street," which has seen a rise
in Erdogan's popularity since the events surrounding the Israeli raid of
the Mavi Marmara and the diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Israel
The website adds that Erdogan has been hailed in the Arab world for
returning Turkey's allegiance to the East after decades of trying to "join
the European club."
Erdogan's position as a mediator between Iran and the West was also
cited as a key reason for the Turkish prime minister's popularity in the
He was also seen as important in combatting Syria's isolation in the
region that arose in the aftermath of the Rafik Hariri assassination.