Sepp Blatter has been officially re-elected as FIFA president by the world governing body's 208 member associations.
Blatter, 75, was elected unopposed after an attempt by the Football Association to block the vote ended in heavy defeat.
A secret ballot saw Blatter, left as the only candidate following Mohamed Bin Hammam's withdrawal on Sunday hours before he was provisionally banned on bribery charges, re-elected with 186 votes from the 203 voting members.
In his victory speech, Blatter told the FIFA Congress in Zurich: "I thank you for your trust and confidence from the bottom of my heart and together we will have four more years - provided the Lord gives me the life, the energy and the strength to continue on our path.
"I'm happy today we were once again able to bring solidarity and unity into FIFA.
"We shall move forward, we will put FIFA's ship back on the right course in clear, transparent waters. We need some time, we cannot do it overnight, but we will do it.
"I am deeply moved, I am honoured and I thank you. This is a new challenge and I accept it."
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