Egypt’s parliament approves the dismissal of political opponents from their jobs


The Egyptian parliament has approved amendments to Law No. 10 of 1972, which defines dismissal cases of state employees other than through disciplinary measures, allowing dissidents to be dismissed from their jobs.

The law stipulates that dismissals include the employee’s breach of the job’s duties in a way that would seriously harm the production or the economic interest of the state, or if there are serious indications of a risk to the security and safety of the state. Among the cases of dismissal other than by disciplinary means are those whose names are included on the list of terrorist entities, provided that he is returned to his work in the event his name is removed from the list. The amendment also expanded the Law Enforcement Department to include employees of business sector companies and public sector institutions, not just the state’s administrative apparatus units as it was previously.

The approval of the House of Representatives’ plenary session came after the law was referred to it on the same day by the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, which did not take more than five minutes to read its articles and vote on them. The Egyptian regime usually accuses opponents of being terrorists and enrolls them on the lists of terrorist entities.