Rural and Urban Political Party

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The Rural and Urban Political Party is a political party in Solomon Islands.

It was founded in June 2010 by MP Samuel Manetoali as a split-away from the Party for Rural Advancement, specifically to take part in the August 2010 general election.[1]

The party's stated policy priorities upon its launch were economic growth and security.[2] Manetoali called for small business centres to be set up all over the country, along with appropriate infrastructure, to enable local people's participation in business, and stimulate growth.[3]

Manetoali was re-elected in his constituency of Gao-Bugotu, but no other candidate from the party obtained a seat.[4][5] Manetoali then supported Danny Philip's successful bid for the premiership, and obtained the position of Minister for Tourism and Culture in Philip's Cabinet.[6]