Egypt panel defies parliament on Red Sea islands transfer

2017-06-15 17:28


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Cairo - A senior constitutional panel in Egypt has concluded that two courts, which ruled to annul an agreement to transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, had acted within their jurisdiction.

The panel's report - published on Thursday in Egyptian media - defies Egypt's parliament, which the previous day overwhelmingly backed the 2016 deal on the islands transfer.

The outcome of the vote was a foregone conclusion since the legislature is packed by supporters of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi whose government insists the islands belong to Saudi Arabia.

The panel's report is meant as a guideline for the Supreme Constitutional Court, which is due to start hearings July 30 on whether the courts had acted within their jurisdiction.

The panel's findings are not binding, but are rarely ignored.

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