14 Jun 2013

Fiji regime again refuses to disclose its pay

1:32 pm on 14 June 2013

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has again refused to disclose his income after the leaders of three political parties called on the regime leaders to explain what they describe as their outrageous salaries.

The parties say according to reports on the internet, the Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, receives more than 700,000 US dollars a year.

The reports claim Mr Sayed-Khaiyum gets just over half a million, which is slightly more than the pay of the US president.

Under the regime's Political Parties decree, politicians aspiring to be elected to office have had to declare their finances, including those of their spouses and children, although the regime is yet to clarify if that includes adult children.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has told Fijivillage that it is a major concern that unverified information is being used by the parties.

Earlier this year, he said he would make his income public in July.