Fiji Opposition Calls For Finance Minister To Resign

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Sayed-Khaiyum accused of false financial declarations

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 20, 2015) – The Opposition in Fiji has called for the resignation of the Minister of Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum alleging he falsely declared his assets and liabilities in February.

It alleges Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has under-reported the value of a property he owns.

The Opposition says it has laid a complaint with the Supervisor of Elections and Fiji's anti-corruption agency FICAC.

The Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says she is also disturbed by the lack of action on a police case against Mr Sayed-Khaiyum filed by the a former Fiji TV executive Tanya Waqanika.

In February Ms Waqanika presented police with a paper trail of emails that purported to show Mr Sayed-Khaiyum threatened the Fiji TV board if it didn't agree to the Government's stance over rugby broadcasting rights.

Ro Teimumu says the Minister is known for taking speedy action against people he wishes to prosecute through the agencies under his many portfolios, including some members of the Opposition.

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