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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 02ND JUNE, 2015
ZURICH --- The end for Sepp Blatter came sud-
denly, just days after he had seemingly solidified
his hold on Fifa.
The 79-year-old leader of the world's most popular
sport defied global animosity last week to win four
more years in office but his re-election only increased
the pressure from colleagues, sponsors, athletes and
fans for Blatter to step down as FIFA's president.
At a hastily arranged news conference yesterday,
Blatter announced he would leave office within
months and called for a fresh election to appoint
"I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want
to do only what is best for Fifa and for football,"
said Blatter, who could still be a target of US inves-
tigators delving into decades of corruption and
bribery accusations against Fifa officials.
After generations under Blatter and his mentor,
Joao Havelange, the announcement left Fifa without
a leader and without a clear course forward. It sets
off a global power struggle for control of the organ-
isation as a criminal investigation intensifies.
A strained and serious Blatter read a six-minute
statement in French before exiting without taking
Blatter had been defiant and feisty in the same
room on Saturday, fending off questions about Fifa's
battered reputation and the chance he could be
His mood had changed in the 24 hours before
his announcement, Blatter aide Walter Gagg told
The Associated Press.
A federal indictment last week detailed apparent
bribes from a Fifa account totaling $10 million to
senior officials for voting South Africa as the 2010
World Cup host. Late Monday, reports laid a clearer
trail of complicity to the door of Fifa headquarters,
if not Blatter himself.
The South African angle threatens to tarnish
memories of a bid campaign that brought Nelson
Mandela to Zurich for the winning vote in 2004.
At risk also is the legacy of a World Cup that was
an organisational triumph for Fifa and South Africa,
and bolstered Blatter's reputation as a friend of
Africa whose loyalty stood firm in Friday's election.
Even before the election, Blatter's ability to travel
to the US, or other countries where a Swiss national
risked arrest and extradition, had become a dis-
Blatter's vigor in acclaiming his election victory
--- a 133-73 win over Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of
Jordan --- was gone yesterday.
Elections are expected to take place sometime
between December and March. The next few months
will likely also see further arrests in the corruption
The US Department of Justice indicted 14 men
last Wednesday, including former Fifa vice- president
The Justice Department said yesterday it would
have no comment on Blatter's announcement. (AP)
...After winning four
more years in office
From Page A1
Another reason MP Douglas
wasn t surprised by the results
was because his constituency
was somewhat evenly divided
between People s National
Movement (PNM) and People s
Out of the over 17,500 people
who voted in the last general
election in 2010, Douglas got just
over 9,200 votes, while his closest
rival, PNM's Neil Parsanlal, got
There were over 24,000 people
eligible to vote in the constituen-
cy according to the Elections and
Boundaries Commission's (EBC)
voting list in 2010.
"On any given Sunday, you
will ask people and one of two
people will be for me and one
against me. The poll is no mys-
tery," Douglas said.
He felt the poll did not accu-
rately reflect his or his govern-
ment's delivery to the people of
He said: "My delivery to this
constituency far exceeds what
they have experienced under the
"In the last five years I have
brought lights to eight recre-
ational fields, paved or fixed near-
ly 150 roads.
"We had no flooding because
we ensured the rivers were
cleared and we redid the Arouca
bridge, at a cost of $20 million,
widening it so that it could also
be safely used by pedestrians."
The Arouca bridge connects
Arouca to the D'Abadie commu-
"We repaired the Arouca Old
Road and have almost completely
addressed the issue of squatting
in the constituency," he said.
Douglas grew up in a squatting
community on the Arouca Old
this constituency every day. I
have visited every school and
church in this community at least
twice in the past five years," he
He also listed his constituen-
cy's education fund which dis-
tributed grants of $2,000 to chil-
dren moving from primary to
secondary schools and his legal
clinic as achievements.
Still, Douglas said his rating
in the poll was less about deliv-
ery of service to constituents
and more about politics.
He noted concerns from his
constituents regarding infra-
structure and unemployment.
"I can understand the con-
cerns about unemployment but
as a minister, what can you do?
I am not a businessman.
"I cannot hire everybody but
when there are projects in the
community we try to link people
"I lobbied for a housing devel-
opment for the constituency and
there are now jobs for the young
The likelihood of constituents
voting in the next general elec-
tion was around 60 per cent,
with 38 per cent of constituents
sampled, saying they were either
unlikely to vote or unsure
whether they would vote.
The poll, which was released
on CNC3's On the Margin pro-
gramme last night, used a strat-
ified random sample of 300
adults, selected based on polling
divisions in the constituency.
The margin of error was in
the poll was plus or minus 5.5
(See full poll results in
Friday's T&T Guardian)
Douglas happy with work in Lopinot/Bon Air West
tough to call
Party to Solve
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