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Bashar Al-Assad tops CNN Intl users' list of people who mattered in 2012

As part of our end of year coverage, CNN.com International asked users to vote for the people who they thought defined 2012. More than 24,000 of you ranked your top 10 newsmakers from a shortlist of 20 chosen by CNN.com International journalists. The scores were calculated on a weighted basis -- each "#1" vote awarded 15 points to the candidate. Each "#10" vote awarded 1 point. Here are your top 10 people of 2012, from 10 to one:<br/><br/><strong>10. Aung San Suu Ky<!-- -->i</br>
</strong>Pro-democracy campaigner and Nobel-Peace-Prize-winner who endured years of house arrest took up her seat in Myanmar's (also known as Burma) parliament 22 years after election victory. <br/><br/>Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned in her own home for 15 years, traveled this year to London, Washington and Norway, where she was finally able to give her Nobel acceptance speech 21 years after winning the prize. At the time she won, the prize was accepted on her behalf by her son during her house arrest.

As part of our end of year coverage, CNN.com International asked users to vote for the people who they thought defined 2012. More than 24,000 of you ranked your top 10 newsmakers from a shortlist of 20 chosen by CNN.com International journalists. The scores were calculated on a weighted basis -- each "#1" vote awarded 15 points to the candidate. Each "#10" vote awarded 1 point. Here are your top 10 people of 2012, from 10 to one:

10. Aung San Suu Kyi
Pro-democracy campaigner and Nobel-Peace-Prize-winner who endured years of house arrest took up her seat in Myanmar's (also known as Burma) parliament 22 years after election victory.

Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned in her own home for 15 years, traveled this year to London, Washington and Norway, where she was finally able to give her Nobel acceptance speech 21 years after winning the prize. At the time she won, the prize was accepted on her behalf by her son during her house arrest.