10 Jun 2015

Fiji's opposition says AG 'confused' over his own law

7:17 am on 10 June 2015

Fiji's main opposition party has welcomed Monday's High Court decision to uphold an MP's eligibility for office.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says it's bizzare that the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who's Government introduced the Electoral Decree and the Constitution, needed to "test the law".

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General Photo: RNZ / Republika

Mikaele Leawere quit his job as General Secretary of the Fiji Teachers Association to contest last year's election, but took it up again when he missed out on a seat.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says that's a conflict of interest.

The court ruled he could legitimately take up the seat following the death of the Sodelpa MP Ratu Viliame Tagivetaua.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says Mr Sayed Khaiyum is not the only one confused about his own laws.

"I think it's very difficult sometimes for him to understand his own legislation, the constitution that they authored and before that the decrees which we all had to abide by. If he has has some conflict with it, you could imagine how other people would maybe have conflict but it was very clear cut for us, that there was really no issue there."