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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- 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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- July 11th 2012 Fijian Fun
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- June 13th 2012 FiJI - Bula - Part 2!
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- June 9th 2012 Fiji
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- April 29th 2012 Fiji- Captain Cook Cruise Yasawa Islands
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- April 15th 2012 Fiji - Paradise, Part 2!
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- April 1st 2012 Fiji - Cruising the Yasawas and Denerau
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- February 10th 2011 Bula Fiji
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- February 28th 2010 Beautiful Beaches, swinging hammocks & beer in the sea!
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- February 19th 2010 Fiji
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- June 16th 2009 Australia and Fiji
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- May 20th 2009 More hard days in paradise :-)
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- May 13th 2009 Farewell NZ, Bula Fiji!
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- November 24th 2008 Fiji - The Yasawa Islands
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- July 18th 2008 Fiji
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- May 17th 2008 Fiji fun!!
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- February 22nd 2008 Bula from Fiji
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- January 7th 2008 Back to Nadi - hurray for hot water!
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- January 7th 2008 Bye Bye Yasawa Islands!
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