Dog whistling Deputy Minister tossed loyalty in failed bid to snatch Prime Minister seat

Dog whistling Deputy Minister tossed loyalty in failed bid to snatch Prime Minister seat

(LibyaNN)- Deputy Minister Ahmed Maiteeq found himself quietly receding on his long-envisioned game-changing political attacks after a fierce dog-whistling power snatch campaign against Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

The Deputy has been mocked in Libya as "Mr. Nobody" after he leaked an unsigned document on his Twitter account on August 18, 2020, that pushed off a narrative that he had cut a deal with General Khalifa Haftar to lift the oil blockade.

Many see this as a distasteful attempt by the Deputy to take personal credit for the work of UNSMIL envoy Stephanie Williams.

Hard-pressed on the Deputy's self-proclaimed success in initiating and concluding an oil deal and lifting the oil blockade agreement, UNSMIL Stephanie Williams said that the UN mission was not aware of a Deputy and Khalifa Haftar agreement. 

General Haftar also did not seemingly see the Deputy claim to be worthy of comment.

In February of 2020, a leading American Lobbyist firm in Washington DC, abruptly chose to deregister from representing 'The Office of the Deputy Minister Ahmed Maiteeq of the Government of National Accord.'

In June 2020, Noman Ben Othman, President of The Quilliam Foundation, called on the Deputy Minister to stop his foolishness after the Minister purportedly retained a Public Relations firm in Germany to help promote his image as the top heel replacement for the position of Prime Minister Serraj. 

Mr. Ben Otman criticized the Deputy on his weekly televised political program, exclaiming, "You retained a German company to campaign for you take your boss's position while you are working for the man?! What is wrong with you!?".

In July of 2020, an apparent signed circular from Prime Minister Serraj was issued that suspended all signature authority previously vested to the Deputy Minister.

Media outlet "Qpost," in August of 2020, published its investigative report that further confirmed Mr. Maiteeq's dog-whistling campaign against his boss while on duty as his Deputy.

The story reported an aggressive Deputy Maiteeq showering allegations of corruption against the Prime Minister.

As if that was not enough, the Deputy went even further to issue a letter calling for the investigation into Interior Minister Fathi Bahsgaha. Finger pointing and word bashing of corruption accusations ensued between the two that cracked the very foundation of the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

Questions on the authenticity of a 500 Million USD personal asset disclosure that Mr. Maiteeq had filed before taking office has come back to haunt the Deputy and may land him into hot water.

Unless Deputy Minister Ahmed Maiteeq can provide audited forensic financials to back up the disclosures he signed and filed, it could prove to be the teetering off the cliff and into the abyss for the Deputy.

At its inception in Skhirat in 2015, the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) was supposed to end the institutional and political disputes.

Instead, the platform has since become a sub-standard version of the highly acclaimed 2000 film, SNATCH, written and directed by top brilliant, Guy Ritchie.

Except in this Libyan low budget movie, jejune and ugly political power players in snatching ambit routed the country and its people into utter chaos. The country saw more than 278,000 people and families that became displaced. Shocking modern-era slavery; imported Islamic trained and backed Syrian mercenaries fighting civil wars for other nations, money laundering, corruption, illicit oil selling and weapons trafficking, no essential public utilities such as water and electricity, and more than half a billion USD spent with nothing to show for.