CONCACAF's announcement that the new confederation president would be selected at their Congress in Budapest -- Hungary! -- raised eyebrows and drew considerable derision from the media and the Twitterverse. The Congress will meet on 23 May to select a president who will complete the remaining four years of Jack Warner's term.
I know that I have been critical of bizarre CONCACAF decisionmaking in the past, but I don't believe the decision to host the CONCACAF Congress in Europe is as odd as it sounds. The CONCACAF delegates will be in Budapest for the FIFA Congress, and it would be very bad for a FIFA Ordinary Congress to meet without a permanent CONCACAF president in place. This CONCACAF Congress is an Extraordinary Congress (i.e. not regularly scheduled) for the express purpose of selecting a new president. If all of the CONCACAF national association delegates will be in Budapest anyway, why not have them meet the day before to select a new president? From the confederation's point of view, co-locating its Congress with FIFA's saves them money and logistical headaches.
CONCACAF's ExCo has started the countdown to the candidate nomination process, with national associations having until 25 March to nominate someone. I would imagine that Alfredo Hawit, the interim president, will run for the permanent position. The Caribbean associations will almost certainly try to put forward a common candidate, which may prove difficult in the post-Warner era but will be forced upon them as an act of self-preservation. And it remains to be seen whether the North American associations will stand in the background or finally take an interest in the region's highest soccer leadership position. With closer integration if not an outright merger with CONMEBOL under consideration, this could be a consequential presidential election.