In the midst of all bravura over the announcement of the consultation talks and who will lead them, the appointment of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum to Elections Minister has slipped under the radar.
It was on the cards but as far as we know, there has been no official announcement that Khaiyum, the regime's attorney general, has been appointed to the all important role.
But given the way the regime operates and we had tipped earlier that Khaiyum would assume responsibility for the elections, it's not a total surprise media are now dubbing him Elections Minister (see in particular the Fiji Village stories in the past two days) as the country swings into the consultation process for a new constitution.
Khaiyum's latest 'ministerial post' at a salary of $87,000 (according to sources) means he now holds 10 portfolios.
As with a number of issues regarding the consultations and elections, there is rjustified concern at the glove in hand approach the regime is taking. It does it no favour, certainly not the people of Fiji who want transparency, to have Khaiyum overseeing the polling.