Unexpected Surprises coming at the FIDE General Assembly in Baku
Chess-News learnt that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov might face an impeachment procedure during the coming FIDE General Assembly that will take place in Baku in September. In order to do so it is necessary to collect 50% plus one delegates' vote.
Looking back last December Ilyumzhinov temporary delegated his powers to Georgios Makropoulos and "withdrew from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE". It happened because of the American sanctions that USA imposed on Ilyumzhinov. However starting from that time Makropoulos hasn't ever represented FIDE acting as a President, while Ilyumzhinov himself repeated many times that he continues to remain the leader of this international organization.
According to our information sanctions severely affected FIDE financial activity because it is merely dependent on the President's activity. And as the court trial between Ilyumzhinov and US Treasury isn't clear, people that surround the President are urgently seeking a way out of this crisis situation as well as additional finance resources.
Impeachment isn't the only thing that might happen in Baku. A new President might be elected during the Olympiad. According to FIDE Statute, the election procedure is performed once in four years which eventually means that the new election should take place in 2018. In order to do it now it's necessary to change the Statute. In order to do so two thirds of the congress delegates are needed. However this is quite a quiz right now - whether there's enough people who really want to change the Statute.
However if the Statute is really going to be changed, who is going to be proposed as a candidate (e.g. sponsor)? According to our information there are negotiations with several candidates. Among them two current FIDE officials and billionaires: Asian chess leader Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan and the President of the Russian chess federation Andrey Filatov. However there can be more surprises on the way.
We asked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to comment on the situation but there is still no reply.