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.