Friday, 28 May 2010

Nito Alves

Nito Alves

Nito Alves (1945[1] – 1977) served as the Interior Minister of Angola from independence, November 11, 1975, until President Agostinho Neto abolished the position in October 1976. A hard-line member of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola, Alves is best known for his failed coup d'état, known as Fraccionismo, against Neto.[2]

Alves opposed Neto's foreign policy of non-alignment, evolutionary socialism, and multiracialism. Alves favored stronger relations with the Soviet Union, which he wanted to grant military bases in Angola. He represented the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola at the 25th Soviet Communist Party Congress in February 1977.

On May 21 the MPLA expelled him from the party. He and his supporters broke into a prison, freeing other supporters, and took control of the radio station in Luanda in an attempted coup. Forces loyal to Neto took back the radio and arrested those involved in the coup attempt. While Cuban soldiers actively helped Neto put down the coup, Alves claimed that the Soviet Union supported the coup. British mercenaries in prison in Luanda refused to become involved.

Alves's power base was centered on Malange. After the failed coup the MPLA undertook a purge designed to eliminate factionalism within the party that killed thousands.[2][3]

[edit] References
1.^ Fauvet, Paul. "Angola: The Rise and Fall of Nito Alves". Review of African Political Economy, No. 9, Southern Africa. (May - Aug., 1977), pp. 88-104.
2.^ a b Georges A. Fauriol and Eva Loser. Cuba: The International Dimension, 1990. Page 164.
3.^ Domínguez, Jorge I. To Make a World Safe for Revolution: Cuba's Foreign Policy, 1989. Page 158.

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