- Middle East/North Africa
Supreme Constitutional Court adjourned to February 12 two lawsuits filed by the government to suspend the Administrative Court verdict which nullified the maritime demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The decision was taken to submit documents and memorandums.
The State Lawsuits Authority, which represents the government, challenged the Administrative Court verdict at the Supreme Constitutional Court.
In June, an Administrative Court verdict had nullified the border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which located the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudi territorial waters. It ordered that the two islands remain under Egyptian control.
The court mentioned in its challenge that the verdict violated the law and the constitution, considering the agreement as an 'act of sovereignty' and not within judicial jurisdictions.
In a previous speech, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt was handling the issue through legal and technical means.
The agreement stirred anger among opponents of Sisi and his government.
Several activists and political groups staged protests against the agreement, while some lawyers filed lawsuits demanding its immediate nullification.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm