The Egyptian Parliament voted overwhelmingly on tuesday (10 April) to support the Israeli-Egypt peace treaty.?
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Background: The Egyptian Parliament voted overwhelmingly on tuesday (10 April) to support the Israeli-Egypt peace treaty. The approval now leaves the way clear for the final agreement of the treaty, although the results of a national referendum of the Egyptian people are still to come.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian People's Assembly debated the treaty and its supplementary documents thoroughly, in a gruelling twenty-five hour sitting.
When the vote was taken three hundred and twenty nine votes were caste in favour of the peace document - and only thirteen against.
The massive parliamentary support for the treaty comes at a time when President Anwar Sadat, faces bitter criticism from his Arab neighbours about the peace treaty. Egypt has recalled its ambassadors to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates following the decision of those countries to withdraw their own envoys from Cairo in protest of the treaty. Some Arab countries are even considering a total diplomatic break with Egypt.
The parliamentary ratification was a victory for President Sadat and removed one of the final obstacle of the final agreement and the exchange of peace documents in the Sinai next Monday (April 19).