FIFA Executive Committee approved five candidacies to participate in the presidential race. The election is to take place at the FIFA Congress meeting on February 26, reads the statement by FIFA Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner.
Here’s the five of contenders:
Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa, Head of Asian Football Confederation
Gianni Infantino, UEFA Secretary General
Ali bin al Hussein, Prince of Jordan
Tokio Seksvale, ex-Housing Construction Minister in the Republic of South Africa
Jerome Champagne, former FIFA Deputy Secretary General
The FIFA presidential election will be held by secret ballot. To win, a contender should gain 2/3 of all votes, with 50 percent plus one vote necessary during the next elections. FIFApresidentiselectedforfour-year-longterm.
The current FIFA President Joseph Blatter was re-elected in May 2015 but resigned four days after that due to corruption scandals within the organization. In December 2015, Blatter and UEFA Head Michel Platini were removed from power in football organizations for eight years. Platini who previously ran for the post, refused to participate in the race in January in order to fight corruption in FIFA.