Sepp Blatter re-elected as FIFA president after Prince Ali concedes
FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter delivers a speech during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29 - AP

CAIRO: FIFA president Sepp Blatter was overwhelmingly re-elected as president of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, which has been recently rocked by bribery and corruption accusations.

He was re-elected after receiving 133 of the 209 votes cast while Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan received 73 votes in a ballot carried out Friday at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

According to FIFA’s election bylaw; a candidate would win only if he achieves two-thirds of the vote in the first round. This means a winner should collect 139 votes out of 209 of the member states.

Blatter failed to get the required 140 votes in the first round of voting but Bin al-Hussein conceded as Blatter only needed a simple majority of votes in the next round to win.

Blatter, 79, was first elected as FIFA President in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002, 2007 and 2011.

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