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|HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan elected FEI President |
1 May 2006
The General Assembly of the F??ation Equestre Internationale (FEI) elected HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan as the 13th FEI President. The other contenders for the position were HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Freddy Serpieri (GRE).
The voting took place over two rounds; Princess Haya received 82 votes in the 2nd round.
HRH Princess Haya said: ?I promise to do everything in my power and to work tirelessly to serve the institution and the people who have done me the honour of placing their trust and belief in me. Our beautiful, noble sport is seeped in tradition, history and grace. I will do all I can to protect and advance it, in all its forms,?
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (JOR) is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and wife of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
She has been riding internationally since the age of 13. In 1992 she won the individual bronze medal in Jumping at the seventh Pan Arab Games and the following year she was elected Jordan?s athlete of the year. After years of intensive training in Ireland and Germany, she qualified for and took part in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000 followed by a participation in the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games at Jerez de la Frontera. She has represented Jordan at the FEI General Assembly on several occasions.
HRH Princess Haya is member of the IOC Athletes? and Culture and Olympic Education Commissions and president and founder of the International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association. She is the first Arab and first woman to ever become Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme.
HRH Princess Haya has been elected for a term of four years, i.e. until 2010.
The election of the 13th FEI President held on 1 May took place over two rounds. The total valid ballots cast consisted of 123 National Federations (102 present and 21 represented by a proxy), and 15 Bureau Members.
The results of the first round were as follows:
HRH Pincess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan ? 68 votes
Consequently, HRH Princess Benedikte was eliminated. As neither of the candidates had received a 2/3 majority as required by the FEI Statutes, the voting continued with a second round.
The results of the second round were as follows:
HRH Pincess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan ? 82 votes
A 2/3 majority was also required for the second round, which neither of the two candidates obtained (According to the number of valid ballots, the 2/3 majority consisted of 89 votes). However, Freddy Serpieri chose to withdraw and HRH Princess Haya was declared the winning candidate.