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Ahram Online provided a live coverage of the extra-ordinary FIFA Presidential elections held in Zurich on Friday

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Feb 2016
FIFA Congress
Overview of the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland February 26, 2016 (Reuters)

Venue: Hallenstadion in Zurich.

Swiss soccer executive Gianni Infantino vowed on Friday to lead FIFA, the sport's world governing body, out of years of corruption and scandal after being elected president to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Second round of voting results:
Gianni Infantino (115 votes)
Sheikh Salman  (88 votes)
Prince Ali (4 votes)
Jerome Champagne (No votes)

19:00 Gianni Infantino of Switzerland wins FIFA presidential election with 115 votes.

18:50 Second round voting is over and the counting now begins ..

17:50 In the second round voting, the winner will need a simple majority of over 50 percent (104) votes. Should a third round of voting be required with the lowest-ranked candidate would drop out.

17:10 The second round vote process to start after no one of the candidates collected two thirds of the votes in the first round

First round of voting results:
Gianni Infantino (88 votes)
Sheikh Salman  (85 votes)
Prince Ali (27 votes)
Jerome Champagne (7 votes)

17:00 A second round of voting is expected as the first round winner needs at least two-thirds of the 207 votes (138 votes)

16:45 Voting is over and the counting now begins

15:40 The voting process is still ongoing...

14:55 If any candidate wins a two-thirds majority or 138 votes after the first round, he will be declared the winner. If this does not happen, the candidate with a simple majority in subsequent rounds will become the next FIFA president.

14:50 The voting process is now underway!

14:50 The instructions and rules of the voting process are being laid out.

14:45 Sexwale announced during his speech that he will put out of the race, as their will be only five candidates vying for the FIFA top post.

14:30 And now it's the South African Tokyo Sexwale's turn to speak.

14:15 Now another favorite candidate is addressing the assembly; the Swiss Gianni Infanito.

14:00 Candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa also finished addressing the delegates at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress, as the French Jerome Champagne took to the podium.

13:50 Prince Ali Bin Al Hussain has just finished addressing the delegates of the FIFA member federations, after a short break of the Extraordinary FIFA Congress.  

12:45 Voting on the dismissal of Canover Watson from the Audit and Compliance committee has secured a majority of 99%.

12:40 Voting for new statutes and new reforms have won a majority of vote of 84% by the members of the FIFA assembly.

12:30 FIFA constitutes six confederations and some have already declared whom they are backing for president. The largest, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) with 56 members, is supporting Sheikh Salman, along with the Asian Football Confederation, which has 47 members.

12:00 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.

11:55 FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, appointed by the FIFA Executive Committee on 27 June 2007, has also ended his speech before the members of the world football governing body's assembly.

11:45 FIFA's acting president Issa Hayatou has just ended his speech ahead of the anticipated voting. 

11:40 The election has emerged as a two-horse race between Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, the Bahrani royal is president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA executive committee member, and Gianni Infantino - UEFA General Secretary who has been at European football's governing body since 2000.

11:30 After being embroiled in a continuing corruption crisis, Blatter will now be replaced by one of the five candidates running for the FIFA top post.

11:15 The five candidates are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne, from which voters would select who would replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

11:00 The vote for the election of the new FIFA president takes place on Friday, Feb. 26 as part of the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich.

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