Prince Ali To Stand for FIFA Presidency in 2016
Surrounded by his family and senior government officials, Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein announced on Wednesday that he will run for the presidency of FIFA for a second time, running against current President, Michel Platini.
The Prince expressed his decision duuring a press conference held in Amman today and said, “I was the only person who dared to challenge Blatter, I ran because I believe that FIFA needs change.” He added “This election should be about football, not personal ambition. We have come too far to walk away now.”
Prince Ali delivers his announcement speech during a meeting at the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman
The election is due to be held next February following the sudden resignation of former President Sepp Blatter just days after winning the last elections against Prince Ali. FIFA suffered recently from a series of corruption scandals that led to the arrests of several officials.
Prince Ali, who is 39 years old, is the head of the Jordanian Football Association and the West Asian Football Federation. He also served as Vice President of FIFA for Asia.
The Prince is the son of the late King Hussein of Jordan with his third wife, Queen Alia. He is married to Princess Rym Ali and has two children, Prince Abdullah and Princess Jalilah.Filed under Jordan
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