Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

The Honourable
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
34th Attorney General of Fiji
In office
8 January 2007  24 September 2014
President Ratu Josefa Iloilo
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
Preceded by Qoriniasi Bale
Succeeded by Faiyaz Koya
37th Attorney General of Fiji
Assumed office
6 October 2014
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
Preceded by Faiyaz Koya
Personal details
Nationality Fijian
Political party FijiFirst
Spouse(s) Ela Gavoka (m. 2011)
Relations Viliame Gavoka (father-in-law)
Children 2 sons
Alma mater ANU (BA)
University of Hong Kong (LLM)
University of Wollongong (GDLP)
Religion Islam

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

Early life

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. Sayed-Khaiyum is a member of the Muslim community of Fiji.[1] He has a master's 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 bachelor's degree 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

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.[2]

When Bainimarama formed the FijiFirst Party, Sayed-Khaiyum was appointed its general secretary.[3]

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.[4] He initially relinquished the role of Attorney-General, but was reinstated shortly afterwards.

Legal offices
Preceded by
Qoriniasi Bale
1st time
Attorney General of Fiji

Succeeded by
Faiyaz Koya
Preceded by
Faiyaz Koya
2nd time
Attorney General of Fiji

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of Parliament
Succeeded by


  1. "Fiji's army-tainted politics". The Economist. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. "Fiji's new Cabinet in profile". Fiji Times. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  3. "Fiji's Bainimarama lodges party application - Radio New Zealand News". Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  4. "20-member Cabinet announced". FBC. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-09-27.

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