Switzerland's Gianni Infantino is the new FIFA president

ABU DHABI, 26th February 2016 (WAM) --- Gianni Infantino of Switzerland has been elected to a four-year term as president of FIFA, the international governing body of football, having been voted in by the Extraordinary FIFA Congress held in Zurich.

The 45-year-old general secretary of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, secured 115 votes beating Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa who had 88 votes, and Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who had only 4 votes, according to FIFA's official website.

Infantino became the second successive Swiss president of FIFA, after Blatter, who had run FIFA for 18 years.

In line with the FIFA Statutes, the mandate of the new FIFA president started after the conclusion of the Congress Earlier in the day, the Extraordinary FIFA Congress approved a set of landmark reforms to FIFA’s governance structure, including improvements to the governance of global football, a clear separation of commercial and political decision-making, greater scrutiny of senior officials, and commitments to women in football and human rights.


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