President Mauricio Macri has been named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.
The ‘TIME 100’ or list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2018’ – named a full eight months before the year ends – groups together figures like French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.
“For Mauricio Macri, just finishing his first term in office as Argentina’s President would be an achievementl,” Haass writes. “No elected President who is not a Peronist, the country’s dominant political movement since the 1940s, has managed to last a full four years. But Macri, the centre-right President elected in 2015, seems well on his way to breaking that record. His reformist Cambiemos (Let’s Change) coalition won a resounding victory in October’s midterm elections. Macri is bucking populist trends—maybe because the people of Argentina were ruled by populists for decades and are ready for someone who is a committed democrat, competent and not corrupt."
Haass goes on to brand Macri a “political hybrid: pro-business but sensitive to popular concerns,” concluding that “Macri is off to a good start and shows no signs of having peaked."
Most notable this year for the list is the youth of some nominees – with a record number of 45 under the age of 40, including the youngest, 14-year-old actor Millie Bobby Brown.
Time says the list “is a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now. The TIME 100 isn’t a measure of power, though many on the list wield it. Nor is it a collection of milestones accumulated.”