CAIRO: The Administrative Court on Tuesday set June 7 for the first session to review a lawsuit filed against the government’s decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, Youm7 reported.
The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month by former presidential hopeful Khaled Ali, demanded the agreement be annulled.
In a maritime demarcation agreement signed during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Egypt in early April, Egypt relinquished its control over the two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
The decision stirred the public’s anger and ignited criticism and protests against the government, although the Cabinet said the agreement needed to be reviewed by parliament before being ratified.
Ali, along with other public figures and MPs have expressed disapproval over the decision, citing article 151 of the Egyptian constitution, which dictates that all agreements need to be reviewed by parliament; especially agreements concerning the drawing of national borders.