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Commenting article: Obama, Merkel, Putin Top Forbes' 2012 Most Powerful List

US President Barack Obama tops again Forbes magazine's 2012 annual ranking of the world's most powerful people.

According to the publication, Obama has earned points for his reelection for second term in office, thus securing the opportunity to carry out his political ideas for another 4 years.

Obama is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was second in 2011.