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MP says parliament's discussion of Tiran, Sanafir deal violates constitution

Thursday 15-06-2017 - 12:30 AM
Egyptian parliament during a working session in Cairo
MP says parliament's
Cairo - Egyptian parliamentarian Diaa El-Din Dawoud said that the parliament’s discussion of the maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia violates the Egyptian constitution and court rulings issued on that score.

In an exclusive interview with Al-Bawaba News, Dawoud accused the Support Egypt bloc, a parliamentary coalition grouping more than 300 MPs, of terrorizing other parliament members to pass this controversial agreement.

Egyptian parliamentarian
Egyptian parliamentarian Diaa El-Din Dawoud
“Egypt claimed sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir a long time ago. The two islands occupy a strategic position, which is of great importance to Egypt’s national security,” he said.

“The government has presented insufficient documents as part of its bids to convince MPs that the two islands are Saudi,” he concluded.

Dawoud is a member of the 25-30 parliamentary bloc, which declared its complete rejection of the deal and of the parliament's authority to discuss or decide on this issue.

Egypt's parliament approved in a general session on Wednesday with a majority vote the controversial maritime border demarcation deal that places the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir in Saudi Arabia's territorial waters, state-run MENA news agency reported.
The general session vote was the final step needed for parliamentary approval of the deal. 
The vote came after the legislative and constitutional affairs committee and the national security and defense committee approved the deal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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