Nito Alves (1945 – 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 against Neto. 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
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