Mohammed Ben Sulayem of UAE elected president of the FIA

France: Mohammed Ben Sulayem, a former rally champion, was elected President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) on Friday, defeating fellow candidate Graham Stoker, as incumbent Jean Todt stepped down today after three terms. Ben Sulayem has won 14 FIA Middle East Rally Championships. From 1983 to 2002, he won 61 international races and held a number of positions in the FIA. He will now serve a four-year term as president of Formula One's governing body.

The candidate from the United Arab Emirates, 60, was Vice President for Sport and Member of the World Motor Sport Council, founder of the FIA ACTAC region (which includes countries from the Middle East and North Africa), Vice President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism (2013-2017), and Member of the Innovation Fund Steering Committee. "I am extremely honoured to have been elected FIA President today at the conclusion of the Annual General Assembly in Paris," he said.

"I am grateful to all of the Member Clubs for their support and confidence. I commend Graham on his campaign and his dedication to the Federation. I am committed to continuing the important work and advancing motorsport and mobility." Stoker, a former F1 and FIA steward, super licence holder, and FIA Deputy President for Sport since 2009 - in addition to numerous other roles - challenged him. Ben Sulayem received 61.62 percent of FIA Member Club votes, compared to Stoker's 36.62 percent, with 1.76 percent abstaining.

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