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Sepp Blatter reelected FIFA president amid scandal

Report by Press TV; photos by Ahmad Moeinijam, Islamic Republic News Agency

Sepp Blatter has secured another term as the president of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, despite an ongoing scandal crippling the organization.

Sepp Blatter
(cartoon by Farshid Rajabali. Iranian daily Shahrvand)

Blatter won the highest seat in FIFA on Friday after his sole challenger Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan withdrew in the second round of voting.

The 79-year-old Swiss man's reelection came amid a widespread scandal involving some senior FIFA officials. The corruption case made headlines Wednesday, when Swiss authorities launched a raid on a gathering of senior FIFA members in Zurich, arresting seven high-profile members.

The Swiss government said the raid was part of a probe led by the United States into corruption allegations against the FIFA officials.

A separate probe has been launched in Switzerland into the granting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events respectively to Russia and Qatar.

Senior political figures in Western countries, especially those close to the US, have been calling on Blatter to step down. They also asked FIFA to cancel the decision for the hosting of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In his speech after election, Blatter vowed to give a "stronger" FIFA to his successor in four years.

Blatter has been in FIFA for around 40 years and has served as its president for the last 17 years.

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