Blatter prepares for 5th & last term as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter was re-elected after Prince Ali bin Al Hussein withdrew before voting in the 2nd round.

Re-elected Fifa President Sepp Blatter is about to serve a fifth term as leader of the world football body. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite facing his biggest challenge since taking the reins at Fifa, Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of the world football body for a fifth time in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in the football federation.

On Friday, Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein withdrew from the race before voting was set to go to a second round, as neither candidate had received the required two-thirds majority to be an outright winner.

Blatter's fifth term, and his last as he's stated, will go down as arguably the most controversial in his 17-year rule.

With many calling for the 79-year-old to step down amid the corruption scandals that have gripped the federation, 133 of the 209 members still threw their weight behind him.

Despite a resounding speech from Al Hussein in which he detailed his pledge should he be voted in office, the victory was an easy one for Blatter.

In the first round of voting, Blatter received 133 votes compared to 73 for Al Hussein.

But just when voting was set to go to a second and deciding round, the Jordanian prince withdrew, official gifting Blatter another four-year tenure.