Adelino Amaro da Costa
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|Adelino Amaro da Costa
|Adelino Amaro da Costa in October 1978|
|Minister of National Defence|
3 January 1980 – 4 December 1980
|President||António Ramalho Eanes|
|Prime Minister||Francisco de Sá Carneiro|
|Preceded by||José Alberto Loureiro dos Santos|
|Succeeded by||Luís de Azevedo Coutinho|
18 April 1943|
|Died||4 December 1980
|Political party||CDS – People's Party (CDS-PP)|
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He was a son of Civil Engineer from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa) Manuel Rafael Amaro da Costa (b. Odemira, São Martinho das Amoreiras, January 10, 1910 -), of some rural Nobility descent, and wife (m. Lisbon, 1937) Joaquina da Conceição Duarte Lopes Nunes (Odemira, Relíquias, January 22, 1914 - Lisbon, Alvalade, June 19, 1991).
After the victory of the Democratic Alliance, a coalition between the Social Democrats, the Popular Monarchists and his own party, in the Portuguese legislative election, 1980, he became the first civilian Defence Minister since the Carnation Revolution in 3 January 1980.
He died in the 1980 Camarate air crash, together with his wife Maria Manuel Simões Vaz da Silva Pires, the Prime Minister Francisco de Sá Carneiro and Sá Carneiro's partner, Snu Abecassis, while heading to Porto to take part in a rally for the Portuguese presidential election, 1981.
Conspiracy theorists claim he was the true target for assassination, for he had documents concerning the October surprise conspiracy theory and was planning on taking them to the United Nations's General Assembly. According to this conspiracy theory, Reagan promised to sell American weapons to Iran, to replace the old Portuguese ones; the Portuguese military were acting as middlemen (two of the Portuguese Presidential candidates, in 1980, were Generals, and one of them was promptly accused as responsible for the assassination by many Sá Carneiro supporters); a boat with the weapons was almost seized at Lisbon's harbor. This theory is reinforced with the fact that Amaro da Costa was the one renting the plane, and Sá Carneiro a last minute passenger (possibly as a decoy).
He was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry (Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique).
He married Maria Manuel Simões Vaz da Silva Pires (August 26, 1946 – Loures, Camarate, December 4, 1980), daughter of Gustavo Correia Barata da Silva Pires and wife Maria Manuela da Silva Casaleiro Simões Vaz, without issue.
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