Fifa Presidential Election Holds February 26

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Successor of Sepp Blatter as Fifa president is to be elected on February 26, 2016 and can only contest for three terms

FIFA has announced that it would hold an extraordinary congress to elect its new president on February 26, 2016.

Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa, who was re-elected as president on May 29, but four days later announced his intention to stand down following corruption investigations into the activities of the world football governing body, disclosed this in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday, July 20.  Candidates for the position are expected to be nominated before October 26, this year.

Pundits had earlier predicted that the election would hold in December, this year based on the preference of several regional football confederations.

By the time of the election, Blatter will have been in office for almost nine months from the date of his June 2, resignation speech.

He is not expected to rescind his decision to vacate the post, despite an earlier indication that he was going to reconsider his resignation.

Michel Platini, Uefa president, has been endorsed by some world football chiefs to contest the election.

Earlier on Monday, Ali bin al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince who lost to Blatter in the May election, called for the 79-year-old Swiss to leave his post immediately. “President Blatter’s resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now,” he said.

“An interim independent leadership must be appointed to administer the process of the elections, in addition to the reforms that are being discussed prior to the elections.”

In the new dispensation, Blatter announced on Monday at a news conference that all Fifa executives and its president would not be in office for more than three terms of four years.

—  Jul 20, 2015 @ 15:45 GMT

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