Hope and home

Print edition : October 04, 2013

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau signs the country's Constitution during a ceremony in Suva on September 6. Photo: Pita Ligaiula/AP

Sitiveni Rabuka led Fiji’s first two coups, in 1987. The first of those overthrew the Bavadra government. Photo: DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

George Speight led a coup that ousted the Mahendra Chaudhry government in 2000. Photo: ROB GRIFFITH/Associated Press

Frank Bainimarama overthrew the Laisenia Qarase government in what some call “the most just coup”. Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP

Laisenia Qarase’s government pursued policies seeped in racial discrimination and dispossession. Photo: ROB GRIFFITH/Associated Press

Timoci Bavadra was the first Labour Party Prime Minister of Fiji. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mahendra Chaudhry, a confidant of Bavadra, and his supporters in Parliament were kept captive in the parliament complex for 56 days. Photo: AMIT BHARGAVA/Associated Press

Fiji’s fourth Constitution offers the country a road map to lasting democracy and raises hopes of erasing the racial divisions that have marred the multicultural country’s 43-year post-independence history which has seen four coups.
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