A picture taken on Jan. 14, 2014 through the window of an airplane shows the Red Sea's Tiran (foreground) and the Sanafir (background) islands in the Straits of Tiran between Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia. AFP / STRINGER
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Egypt's government has approved a deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia and sent it to Parliament for ratification, despite a legal dispute over the plan, according to state television.The Egyptian government lodged an appeal.The government's latest move shows "the collapse of the state of law and the constitution" in Egypt, said Khaled Ali, a lawyer who filed the June lawsuit to annul the deal.However, Nabil al-Gamal, member of the legislative and constitutional committee in Parliament, said there was "absolutely no conflict" in sending the agreement to Parliament for ratification before the court's final ruling.
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