Seventeen Egyptian intelligence officials were forced into early retirement by a presidential decree that was published in the official gazette yesterday.
The official gazette reported that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi issued the orders against the deputy directors of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) "based on their requests".
The presidential decree, included the names of the 17 intelligence officials, did not provide details as to why they requested early retirement. This is not the first time that Al-Sisi has retired general intelligence officials since he assumed power as president in June 2014.
In July 2014, 14 GID deputies were retired purportedly "based on their requests"; and in June 2015, Al-Sisi issued a degree forcing 11 deputies from the same intelligence body into retirement. Thirteen more were forced into retirement in December of that year.