(From the Grubsheet Facebook page): Confirmation from high level sources in Suva that Fiji’s Attorney General and effective number two in the Bainimarama government, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, has undergone a heart bypass operation in Singapore. He also received surgery to repair a hernia. While the AG had flagged in one of his nightly “budget consultations” that he was to undergo a “major operation” on his current Singapore visit, the nature of that surgery wasn’t disclosed.
With news of the bypass operation on top of the stents that had already been installed to keep the AG’s heart in order, there’s concern behind the scenes about the health of Fiji’s two most senior leaders. The Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, also suffers from a heart condition that has necessitated the installation of stents. All of which raises serious questions about the long term prognosis for both men, who show no signs of surrendering power. Of course, none of this is canvassed in the local media, with Fijian voters expected to accept whatever they are told without question.