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FIFA VP Prince Ali Announces Bid To Unseat Blatter

The vice president of FIFA says he will run for election to replace Sepp Blatter as head of the scandal-plagued soccer world governing body.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan announced January 6 that he will be a candidate when FIFA's next presidential election is held on May 29.

Prince Ali, who is 39, said in a statement that "it was time for a change" at the soccer federation.

FIFA has been rocked by repeated corruption allegations during Blatter's 17-year leadership.

The head of FIFA's own ethics committee quit last month after the body cleared Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups despite overwhelming evidence that both countries had used massive bribery to secure the hosting bids.

Blatter, 79, has pledged to seek a fifth five-year term as FIFA head.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa