THE ALLIANCE between the Peoples’ National Congress and the United Resources Party was confirmed in January, a move hailed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill as a credit to the maturity of Papua New Guinean politics.

The Peoples’ National Congress, led by Mr O’Neill has 56 members and the United Resources Party, led by Transport minister William Duma, has eight members as two of the coalition partners in the 111 member parliament.

Mr Duma said his URP was a foundation member of the O’Neill government and that it was committed to his leadership.

“We believe that we must provide that assurance and stability and cooperation to our prime minister so that those policies can continue to work.”

The alliance was signed ahead of Oro Province Governor Gary Juffa being moved to opposition benches in early January.

Leader of government business James Marape said the party could not suppress Mr Juffa’s right to speak against the government.

“It is important for his own good that he sits clearly away from us to make key contributions to the development of the country,” he said

“We asked him to move and he took it calmly… I commend him for his wisdom and courage.”