Vatanen Withdraws Legal Action Against the FIA

Finnish candidate Ari Vatanen decided to withdraw the legal action against the International Automobile Federation (FIA) regarding the election process that is to star this Friday. Last week, fearing that the current members of the FIA would interfere with the election – in favor of counter-candidate Jean Todt – the 1981 rallying champion “petitioned Paris' Tribunal de Grande Instance to "impose a number of measures" ahead of this Friday,” as reported by the GMM news agency.

As emerged from a number of reports in the British media, some active members of the ruling body seems to have lobbied for the Frenchman in recent months. The information surfaced in the media via some leaked e-mails.

In addition, president Max Mosley publicly stated his support for Todt shortly after he announced he will no longer stand for another mandate this month. From that point on, the 69-year old Brit consistently lobbied for Todt, while also suggesting the member clubs of the FIA to cast their votes for the French official – who is also an active member of the ruling body.

However, as confirmed by the FIA official site, Mosley yesterday met with Vatanen and cleared the situation up.

Following today’s meeting to agree procedures for the upcoming FIA elections, Ari Vatanen has withdrawn his court application. At the meeting, chaired by FIA President Max Mosley, both candidates endorsed the fairness of the FIA’s proposed voting procedure,” said the FIA statement.

In addition, the FIA announced the election procedure for the Friday voting.

The presidential elections will be supervised by a Huissier de Justice throughout the entire procedure. There will be a private voting area for marking ballot papers available for those voters who would like to use it. Each candidate, along with their speakers in support, will be given an opportunity to present their case to the General Assembly for a maximum of 15 minutes. Mr Todt and his team will take the floor first,” added the statement.
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