People's Progressive Party (Solomon Islands, 1973)
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Following the 1973 elections, the Governing Council was transformed into the Legislative Assembly and an election was arranged for the position of Chief Minister in 1974. Two parties were formed in 1973 shortly before the elections by MPs; the PPP led by Solomon Mamaloni and the United Solomon Islands Party (USIPA) led by Benedict Kinika. Mamaloni won the election, becoming the Islands' first Chief Minister and formed a cabinet of both PPP and USIPA members. He resigned in November 1975 after an inquiry into action taken without consulting his cabinet, and when he was re-elected in December he formed a cabinet with five USIPA members, two from the PPP and one independent.
Following the formation of the new government and prior to the 1976 general elections, the PPP and USIPA both disintegrated. In 1979 it merged with the Rural Alliance Party to form the People's Alliance Party.
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