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FIFA presidential election day begins with two nations banned from voting

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FIFA presidential election day begins with two nations banned from voting

<p>Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa’s quest for the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/02/25/fifa-s-five-presidential-candidates/"><span class="caps">FIFA</span> leadership</a> has received a blow with the last-minute announcement that Kuwait and Indonesia have been suspended from voting in <a href="http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=extraordinary-fifa-congress-to-be-streamed-live-on-fifa-com-2766712.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news_top">today’s presidential election</a> (February 26).</p> <p>Both were expected to back him for world football’s top job.</p> <p>The Asian Football Confederation president and <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s current vice-president is joint favourite for the post, alongside <span class="caps">UEFA</span> secretary general Gianni Infantino.</p> <p>Five candidates were originally in the running to win the Jules Rimet of footballing jobs. However, minutes before voting began, South African businessman, Tokyo Sexwale pulled out.</p> <p>Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, who came runner-up in the last election is in line for the position, while the fourth candidate is Jérôme Champagne, who was a <span class="caps">FIFA</span> executive between 1999 and 2010.</p> <p>They are all seeking to replace outgoing President Sepp Blatter, in the hope of taking football’s world governing body forward <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/02/24/show-me-the-money-fifa-corruption-and-where-the-millions-come-from-and-go-to/">following a disastrous 2015</a>.</p> <p>Last year a total of 41 people and entities connected with the organisation were indicted by the US justice department on corruption charges.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LIVE: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFACongress?src=hash">#FIFACongress</a> is underway at the Hallenstadion in Zurich. You can watch it here: <a href="https://t.co/dn91BZLLvY">https://t.co/dn91BZLLvY</a> <a href="https://t.co/e6zL4dpSZV">pic.twitter.com/e6zL4dpSZV</a></p>— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) <a href="https://twitter.com/FIFAcom/status/703137225769287680">February 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>