Egyptian Lawyers Seek to Repeal 2015 Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Deal Between Addis Ababa, Cairo, and Khartoum

A group of Egyptian lawyers and political activists are preparing a lawsuit to challenge a March 2015 preliminary deal agreed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project, local media reported on Wednesday.

The deal signed by President Sisi, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, asserted Ethiopia’s right to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a decision that has caused huge concerns in Egypt over its water supply and ability to generate hydro-electric power.

The news comes after Sisi faced calls on Tuesday to be prosecuted for treason following a court’s ruling against his government over the proposed transfer of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

The group of lawyers and activists now aim to overturn Sisi’s decision to agree to the Nile Dam declaration, claiming that the agreement is not in the interests of Egypt.

The signing of the declaration was “like a dream” for the Ethiopian counterparts, sources among the group of lawyers and activists told Alaraby newspaper on Wednesday, while claiming that the Ethiopian negotiators took advantage of the deal and collected international funding for their project.

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Source: Middle East Eye

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