President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued a decree Tuesday delegating Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, as well as the cabinet and governors, for some of the terms of Civil Service Law No. 18/2015.
Al-Sisi had issued a decree on 12 March approving a new law to regulate Egypt’s civil service. The law centralises the process of recruiting public servants, also providing them with new categorisation and a faster promotion system.
The first article of the presidential decree lends authorities for provisions concerning excellent and high level positions to Mehleb, while article two lends the prime minister provisions concerning general managers’ positions, state media reported.
The third article stipulates that the ministers and governors have authority over the rest of the positions.
The presidential spokesman said that the decree is to facilitate necessary decisions for daily and routine actions regarding the staff in the administrative apparatus of the state, local units of administration, and public bodies.
The Revolutionary Socialists Movement had rejected the new civil service law, saying that such laws aim for the “liquidation of government employees”.
Article 27 of the decree states that if two consecutive annual reports show that a worker is “inefficient”, he/she is to be suspended from work while maintaining their “right to a pension”.
Article 28 adds that administrative workers are also to be suspended, while maintaining their pension, if their work is deemed moderate or below moderate.
The law uses vague wording that “opens the way for lawful displacement of workers”, according to the Revolutionary Socialists.