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ZURICH, July 20. /TASS/. Date of new election of the head of the Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA) will be determined at an extraordinary meeting of FIFA’s Executive Committee on Monday, which will be held at the organization’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The Executive Committee will determine the date of an emergency FIFA elective congress, which will vote for a new president of the federation.
According to FIFA, "The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting to set the date for the extraordinary elective Congress will take place on 20 July 2015 in Zurich. During the meeting, the agenda for the elective Congress will be finalised and approved. The extraordinary elective Congress will take place in Zurich between December 2015 and February 2016 as announced by the FIFA President on 2 June 2015."
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announced on June 2 his decision to resign from his post in connection with a corruption scandal in the federation. Four days earlier, Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, beating the candidate from Jordan Prince Ali bin Hussein, who withdrew from the election before the second round of voting.
In late May, an unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA as seven of the organisation’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland for bribery, money laundering and corruption during the election of the host countries of several world championships - from 1994 to 2022. Blatter was offered to withdraw his candidacy from the elections or postpone them, but he refused to do it, but soon after the victory announced his resignation. Until the election of a new FIFA president, the 79-year-old Swiss national will stay on the post.
Member of the FIFA Executive Committee, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko will speak at the meeting in Zurich. "We should make a decision as soon as possible on holding the congress and election a new president," Mutko said. "This president should start protecting the image of this organization," he added. "FIFA is a "strong, transparent and powerful" organisation, Mutko told a news conference on Thursday.
In accordance with the FIFA Statutes, the organisation’s new president election is to be held in December and February. Blatter previously said in an interview with Swiss media that the FIFA extraordinary congress is likely to take place in early 2016.