Background: Fiji became independent in 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987, caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). A 1990 constitution favored native Melanesian control of Fiji, but led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. Amendments enacted in 1997 made the constitution more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government and gave a mandate to the government of Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE.
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- June 9th 2013 Entspannte Tage im Paradies ...
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- April 20th 2013 Fiji Time
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- March 10th 2013 Fiji - Yasawas
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- February 22nd 2013 Day 75: Sawa-i-lau Caves
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- February 21st 2013 Day 74: Hiking on Nacula
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- February 20th 2013 Day 73: Nacula Island in the rain!
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- February 19th 2013 Day 72: Diving with sharks
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- February 18th 2013 Day 71: The Yasawas and Draquwa Island
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- February 1st 2013 Mantaray Island
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- January 28th 2013 Barefoot Island Resort und Coralview Resort - umgeben von Haien, Fischen, Korallen und Palmen
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- January 26th 2013 Wayalailai Island Resort - Zyklonschäden im Paradies
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- November 10th 2012 Day 163
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- October 31st 2012 Fiji, Inselgruppe Yasawas
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- September 2nd 2012 Fiji Photos...
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- August 17th 2012 Man on a beach, sat on a rock, thinkin' of you and the love I've got...
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- July 21st 2012 Swimming with Manta Rays
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- July 11th 2012 Fijian Fun
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- June 17th 2012 FiJI - Bula - Part 3!
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- June 14th 2012 Waya been all our lives!
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- June 13th 2012 FiJI - Bula - Part 2!
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