A group of leading opposition MPs have joined Papua New Guinea's government to help the new prime minister stop the decline in economic conditions across the country.
That's according to East Sepik governor Allan Bird who along with six other MPs, including five from the National Alliance party, joined the government of James Marape yesterday amid a cabinet reshuffle.
As part of the reshuffle, the opposition's Ian Ling-Stuckey has come over to replace Sam Basil as
Treasurer, while Mr Marape has booted out the People's National Congress party of his predecessor Peter O'Neill.
Mr Bird says opposition MPs built a good rapport with Mr Marape earlier in the year during lobbying that preceded the removal of Mr O'Neill as prime minister.