President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will move to ratify the Tiran and Sanafir islands agreement in a matter of days, according to an official source who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity.
Egypt’s top constitutional court has ruled to halt all verdicts on an islands transfer deal until it makes a decision on the constitutionality of the agreement, state media said.
Egypt’s high administrative court has defended an earlier decision to annul the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, local media and judicial sources said.
Hundreds of members of professional syndicates have signed statements in opposition to Parliament’s approval of the Tiran and Sanafir agreement, brokered by Egypt and Saudi Arabia in April 2016.
The 25-30 opposition bloc in Egypt’s parliament called on Egypt’s President to not ratify the government’s deal to transfer sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanfir to Saudi Arabia, a deal that was approved by Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday.
Debates continue among parliament members in the wake of the approval of the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation agreement, known popularly as the “Red Sea Islands” case, over its validity.
Parliament approved Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation on Wednesday in a general session, which means transferring the sovereignty of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.
Security forces release journalists arrested at syndicate for protesting against Tiran and Sanafir discussions, sit-in continues
Late Tuesday evening, Central Security Forces arrested a number of journalists and activists protesting on the Journalists Syndicate steps, former syndicate leader Khaled al-Balshy told Mada Masr. All those arrested were released shortly after and the sit-in is ongoing, according to eyewitnesses.
Egyptian protesters opposed to a 2016 agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia clashed with police in downtown Cairo, just hours after a parliamentary committee approved the deal.
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The parliament is more of a rubber stamp for the executive branch and more active in constraining citizens’ rights and freedoms than any Egyptian legislature in decades. Security agencies reportedly play an active role in influencing the parliament.