Presidential candidates Moussa and El-Bastawisi meet Saudi Ambassador

Ahram Online , Monday 21 May 2012

With two days to go before Egypt's presidential elections kick off, contenders Amr Moussa and Hesham El-Bastawisi sit down with Saudi Ambassador

Presidential contenders liberal Amr Moussa and leftist Hisham El-Bastawisi met with Saudi Arabian ambassador in Cairo, Ahmed El-Qattan two days before polling for the presidential elections are scheduled to open on Wednesday.

Early Monday, presidential candidate former Mubarak regime prime minister Ahmed Shafiq also visited El-Qattan at the embassy. 

This comes following visits by other candidate, Islamist Mohamed Selim El-Awa, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and liberal ex-Muslim Brotherhood member, now backed by Salafists Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh.

Such visits come at a time when Egyptian lawyer Ahmed El-Gizawi is under arrest in Saudi Arabia, undergoing investigations after being arrested on 23 April for the illegal smuggling of anti-depressant drugs. 

Tensions between Egypt and Saudi Arabia escalated following the arrest when several activists staged a sit-in outside the embassy headquarters prompting Saudi Arabia to temporarily recall its ambassador and close the embassy in late April. 

Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential poll will be held on 23 and 24 May, with a runoff round on 16 and 17 June if no single candidate wins an outright majority. Egypt's next president will be formally named on 21 June.

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