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Blatter wants to be elected FIFA honorary president — advisor

December 03, 2015, 17:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On May 29, Blatter was reelected for a fifth consecutive term but later announced his plans to resign, noting that he would remain FIFA president until new elections due on February 26 next year
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Joseph Blatter

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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Sepp Blatter is planning to become an honorary president of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), his advisor Klaus Stohlker told TASS on Thursday.

"He is attempting to be elected honorary president of FIFA," Stohlker said.

On May 29, Blatter - at the helm of FIFA since 1998 - was reelected for a fifth consecutive term but four days later announced his plans to resign, noting that he would remain FIFA president until new elections due on February 26 next year.

In September, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said it had opened criminal proceedings against Blatter "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - on suspicion of misappropriation".

In October, FIFA's ethics committee suspended Blatter from any activities related to football for 90 days.

Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou is FIFA’s acting chief until a new president is elected in February.

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