Melanesian Alliance Party

The Melanesian Alliance Party is a political party in Papua New Guinea.

Melanesian Alliance Party
LeaderJoseph Yopyyopy
PresidentJames Chamilou
General SecretaryMek Onguglo [1]
FounderJohn Momis and John Kaputin
National Parliament
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The party was co-founded by John Momis and John Kaputin in the late 1970s.[2]

The party formed an association with the National Alliance Party prior to the 1997 general election, but relaunched as a separate party in February 2002 with three founding National Alliance members: Bernard Narokobi, Sir Moi Avei, and Dame Carol Kidu.[3][4][5] Narokobi resumed the leadership, but lost his seat at the 2002 election.[6]

It returned three MPs at the 2002 election: Sir Moi Avei (Kairuku-Hiri Open), Anderson Vele (Rigo Open) and Dame Carol Kidu (Moresby South Open).[7] Avei assumed the leadership; however, he was replaced by Kidu in May 2007 after a leadership tribunal recommended Avei's dismissal from office.[8] She was the sole MP returned for the party at the 2007 election.[9] She retired at the 2012 election.[10][11]

Kidu was succeeded as leader by Sam Akoitai for the 2012 election campaign; however, the party won no seats at the election. A subsequent offer from party secretary Nick Klapat for an independent MP to take the party leadership was not taken up.[12][13]

The party is registered to contest the 2017 election.[14] Wosera-Gaui MP Joseph Yopyyopy, formerly of the United Resources Party, was named party leader for the election.[1]

Honorable Joseph Yopyyopy (MP), member for Wosera Gawi in the East Sepik Province, is currently the Parliamentary leader of the Melanesian Alliance Political Party. He is legally on record at Investment Promotion Authority office and OLIPAC office.


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  3. ^ "Speaker may be replaced today". PNG Post Courier. 10 December 2001.
  4. ^ "Papua New Guinea - Melanesian Alliance launches comeback". The National. 7 February 2002.
  5. ^ "Sir Michael surprised at move". PNG Post-Courier. 11 February 2002.
  6. ^ "Papua New Guinea "father of parliament", speaker lose seats". The National. 9 July 2002.
  7. ^ "NATIONAL ELECTION 2002". PNG Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 14 October 2002. Retrieved 2 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Kidu to head party". PNG Post Courier. 14 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Dame Carol wants to continue work". PNG Post Courier. 6 August 2007.
  10. ^ "Kidu defends move to Opps". PNG Post Courier. 6 February 2012.
  11. ^ "PNG farewells a great dame". Sydney Morning Herald. 16 May 2012.
  12. ^ "MA party invites members". PNG Post Courier. 9 August 2012.
  13. ^ "MA leader lashes out". PNG Post Courier. 2 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Total number of parties 34: Gelu". The National. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)