FIFA convenes a special Congress to elect the next President of the world’s most prominent soccer organization today,in Zurich.
The five candidates are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.
FIFA’s previous president,was re-elceted for another term on May 29th 2015 but subsequently resigned four days later amid about twenty different ongoing corruption investigations, so FIFA’s session to are expected to choose Blatter’s successor.
FIFA’s 209 member national associations each have a vote, which is secret, to elect the new president. However, with Kuwait and Indonesia suspended 207 nations are left to vote.
If a candidate wins two thirds of the vote they are automatically elected after a first round. Otherwise voting moves to a second round where a majority share of the vote is required to win.
FIFA officials, delegates and observers told the Associated Press that surveys of voters and confederations indicate Sheikh Salman had the most support and could win a majority on the first ballot.
The winner will later face hundreds of accredited global media at a news conference – for Sheikh Salman, the first time he has faced a group of European media since the campaign began.