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“I am a great believer in democracy and we need to create an environment where individuals are not reluctant to stand up for what they believe in.”

FIFA election rules require the winning candidate to get a two-thirds majority of valid votes cast in the first ballot, or a majority in the second. If there are more than two candidates, the one with the lowest total is eliminated after each voting round until a winner emerges.

Suspended FIFA members, a list that currently includes Bosnia-Herzegovina and Brunei, can’t attend or vote.

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AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar contributed to this report.