Rural Development Party

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Rural Development Party
Founder Moses Maladina
Founded 2006
Dissolved 2015
Ideology Agrarianism

The Rural Development Party was a political party in Papua New Guinea.

It was founded in November 2006 by Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina, who became the party's first leader.[1][2] In May 2007, media reports suggested that some members were unhappy with a perceived lack of party financial support for their campaigns.[3]

It was reported to have won three out of 109 seats at the 2007 general elections: Maladina, Alphonse Moroi (Central Provincial) and Benjamin Philip (Mariyama Open).[4][5][6] A fourth, Manus Provincial MP Michael Sapau, had been reported as a party candidate during the campaign, but denied any association upon his election and claimed to be an independent.[7] The party initially supported the government of Michael Somare, with Maladina being promoted to the Ministry as Minister of State for Constitutional Affairs in July 2010; the party then had a position in the Peter O'Neill government from August 2011.[8][9]

Moroi had joined the National Alliance Party by late 2008.[10] By the 2012 election, Maladina and Philip had defected to the governing People's National Congress, and Maladina was serving as Leader of Government Business. In April 2012, Speaker Jeffrey Nape - formerly of the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party - was appointed as the new Rural Development Party leader for the election.[11][12]

The party won no seats at the 2012 election and was deregistered in 2015.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Maladina eyes top post, forms own party". Maladina eyes top post, forms own party. 7 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Maladina to lead Rural Development party". PNG Post Courier. 2 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Party members cry foul over treatment". PNG Post Courier. 30 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "NATIONAL ELECTION 2007". Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Recruiting drive". PNG Post Courier. 26 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Rural Development Party secures Menyamya seat". PNG Post Courier. 27 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Sapau pledges support for NA". PNG Post Courier. 24 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "PM says govt is intact". PNG Post Courier. 29 July 2009. 
  9. ^ Lansford, Tom. Political Handbook of the World 2015. CQ Press. 
  10. ^ "NA southern batch to host dinner". PNG Post Courier. 4 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Weekend of surprises". PNG Post Courier. 24 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hon. Benjamin Philip, MP". National Parliament of Papua New Guinea. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2012". PNG Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Political parties cancelled". PNG Post Courier. 20 August 2015.