East Londonderry MLA David McClarty has announced his intention to say as an independent, rather than rejoining the Ulster Unionist Party.
If Mr McClarty had chosen to go back to the UUP, it would have had two seats in the incoming executive.
His decision means it will now have one with Alliance having one by right.
Mr McClarty said he had been contacted by hundreds of his voters urging him to remain independent and he wished to retain credibility with them.
McClarty said: “I know I was in a strong position and could have demanded almost anything, including maybe a ministry, but it was not about me or about personal gain,” he added.
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