Ilyumzhinov Delegates His Authority to Makropoulos

Время публикации: 07.12.2015 04:23 | Последнее обновление: 07.12.2015 04:33

While he will be striving for removal from the US sanction list

FIDE Presidential Board meeting has been held yesterday in Athens, during which Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a proposal to suspend himself from the presidential duties. The official press release by FIDE explaining the details was published later. It says:

"Following the announcement by the US Department of the Treasury that the US levied sanctions against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Russian citizen and FIDE President, Mr. Ilyumzhinov has informed the Presidential Board that he will withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE until such time as Mr. Ilyumzhinov is removed from the Office of Foreign Assets Control sanction list.

Mr. Ilyumzhinov advised that he has initiated legal procedures in the US aiming to request additional information and reverse restrictive measures put by the US Department of the Treasury. During the next Presidential Board meeting, Mr. Ilyumzhinov will update the Board as to the progress of the legal procedures.

Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s decision to withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE is to enable him to concentrate on clearing the situation with the US Department of the Treasury.

Until further notice, under section A.9.5 of the FIDE Statutes, if the President: “duly authorises, then he can be represented by the Deputy President who shall exercise the powers of the President. The Deputy President can thus represent FIDE officially and can solely sign for FIDE.”.

Therefore Mr. Makropoulos will now be exercising these powers and representing FIDE officially".

At the same time, Ilyumzhinov also gave the following commentary to the Russian news agency Interfax:

"I am still FIDE President. However, at my request the Presidential Board has restricted my authority concerning financial operations by FIDE in the United States of America".

Former ECU President Silvio Danailov, who has been interviewed (in Russian) on Chess-News air yesterday, called the situation "the beginning of the end". While disbelieving in Ilyumzhinov's return to the office, he thinks that everything will develop in accordance with the FIDE Statutes, namely FIDE General Assembly will be summoned to elect new FIDE President.



I agree with Danailov, that

I agree with Danailov, that FIDE will want to seek closure on this issue sooner rather than later. Looking at it overall, the timeline will probably be that the GA in Baku elects a new President (with, as Danailov says, proper preparation by Makropoulos).

Statute 4.14: An Extraordinary General Assembly shall be convened by the FIDE President upon request of one-third of the member-federations within two months of such a request. In urgent cases the President, with the consent of the Executive Board or Presidential Board, also has the right to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly. The agenda for the Extraordinary General Assembly shall be sent to participants at least one month before the meeting is held.

Such an extraordinary GA could theoretically itself elect a new President (I can't imagine in the given circumstances it would be a problem to get a supermajority to allow for an early election), but more likely it would only make the decision to have elections this year and designate an Electoral Commission therein, with then the election itself probably occurring at the planned GA in Baku (Sep 2016). The current electoral regulations say that presidential ticket nominations must be registered 3 months before the GA, though again this could be shortened (by an emergency GA vote) if necessary.

One main question is whether an extraordinary GA would actually achieve a quorum of delegates, as it could be quite a hassle to attend. With Tallinn in 2013, it was a brief exercise at the time of the Congress, which already had many attendees.

Given that Danailov

Given that Danailov previously named Filatov as part of the Putin-Ilyumzhinov clan, it would be interesting to know his opinion on whether he is the probable successor.

Danailov's CAS case against FIDE is also being heard today in Lausanne.

List of CAS hearings

7 December 2015

CAS 2015/A/4062 Silvio Danailov & Vladimir Sakotic & Sava Stoisavlevic v. World Chess Federation (FIDE)

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