Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

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Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
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Attorney-General of Fiji
In office
8 January 2007 – 24 September 2014
Preceded by Qoriniasi Bale
Succeeded by Faiaz Koya
Personal details
Nationality Fijian
Spouse(s) Ela Gavoka (m. 2011)
Children Ibrahim(son) Idris(son)
Alma mater ANU (BA)
UNSW (LLB)
University of Hong Kong (LLM)
University of Wollongong (GDLP)
Religion Islam

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is a Fijian politician and Cabinet Minister. He is a member of the FijiFirst party.

Early life[edit]

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is the son of Sayed Abdul Khaiyum, a former member of Parliament and is the brother of former Fiji TV Journalist and current Fiji Broadcasting Corporation CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He has a Masters degree in Law (University of Hong Kong), Bachelors in Law (University of New South Wales), a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Wollongong) and a Bachelors in Political Science (Australian National University). He was a former senior legal officer in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Sayed-Khaiyum was the General Manager Legal and Compliance and was the Company Secretary in the Colonial Group of Companies for five years immediately prior to his appointment in the Interim Government by the President of Fiji. He also worked with the law firm of Minter Ellison in Sydney. He was on the board of Transparency International Fiji and has been President of the Fiji Young Lawyers Association.

Political career[edit]

Sayed-Khaiyum was appointed to the interim government of Frank Bainimarama after the 2006 Fijian coup d'état as Interim Attorney-General and Justice Minister.[1]

When Bainimarama formed the FijiFirst Party, Sayed-Khaiyum was appointed its general secretary.[2]

Sayed-Khaiyum contested the 2014 election, winning 13,753 votes, the third-highest polling candidate. Following the election he was appointed Minister for Finance, Public Enterprise, Trade and Tourism.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiji's new Cabinet in profile". Fiji Times. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fiji's Bainimarama lodges party application - Radio New Zealand News". Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  3. ^ "20-member Cabinet announced". FBC. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-09-27.