José Antonio Kast

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José Antonio Kast
José Antonio Kast Rist.jpg
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, District 24 (Santiago)
From: 11 March 2014 – 11 March 2018
Predecessor María Angélica Cristi Marfil
Successor Disolution of the District
Secretary-General of the Independent Democrat Union
From: 30 March 2012 – 10 May 2014
Predecessor Victor Pérez Varela
Successor Javier Macaya Danús
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, District 30 (Santiago)
From: 11 March 2002 – 11 March 2014
Predecessor Pablo Longueira Montes
Successor Jaime Bellolio Avaria
City Councilman of Buin
From: 1996–2000
Predecessor -
Successor -
Information
Party Republican Party (2019-)

Independent (2016-2019)
Independent Democrat Union (1996-2016)

Religion Catholic

José Antonio Kast Rist (b. Santiago, January 18, 1966) is a right-wing Chilean politician who served as deputy between 2002 and 2018. He ran for President in 2017 obtaining 7,93 % of the votes (4th place) also he plans to run in 2021. In 2018 he founded the Republican Action Movement, in 2019 the Chilean Republican Party and the think tank Republican Ideas.

In 2017 he ran for president as a right-wing alternative to the establishment candidate Sebastián Piñera. In the second round, he supported Piñera to avoid another government of the Left.

José Antonio Kast has been falsely labeled as "far-right" by the media and the Left.[1]

Views

He is pro-life and defends a smaller state with fewer taxes.[2] He is also against the Gender ideology, he is pro-family, pronation, and he is strongly Christian. Today he is the most important conservative politician of Chile, mostly because he has been shown as an alternative to the establishment, center-right coalition "Chile Vamos", however a lot of the members of his new party come from that coalition, and he has a lot of friends there, also he was member of the Independent Democrat Union for 20 years, one of the main parties of the coalition. JAK has criticized the immigration policies of the Michelle Bachelet government (2014-2018) which is considered to be a chaos since,[3][4] not only a lot of them where illegals but also the immigrant population of Chile went from being 1% to 6.1% (1 million new immigrants in 4 years).[5]

He supports a "responsible possession of weapons".[6]

He supports what he considers the good part of the Augusto Pinochet regime.[7][8]

He has criticized the Piñera Government[9] for "not following the program of Government" but he also supports what he considers the "good policies of the government".

International alliances

José Antonio is a supporter of Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, endorsing his successful presidential candidacy in 2018.[10][11]

Kast also met with Santiago Abascal from the conservative Spanish party Vox[12] members of the Polish Party Law and Justice, Giorgia Meloni from the Italian Party Fratelli d'Italia, the Dutch Party Forum for Democracy, the Pro-Brexit British politician Daniel Hannan and other members of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe.[13][14]

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References

  1. Multiple references:
  2. José Antonio Kast Proposals (es).
  3. Presidential candidate José Antonio Kast wants to ‘reconstruct’ Chile. Santiago Times (September 14 2017).
  4. Inmigrantes sí, clandestinos no (es). La Tercera (19 April 2019). Retrieved on 25 June 2019.
  5. Chile es el país americano con mayor aumento de inmigrantes (es). diarioestrategia.cl (9 November 2018).
  6. Kast defiende tenencia de armas para civiles: "El delincuente lo va a pensar dos veces antes de entrar a una casa" (es). Emol (October 9 2017).
  7. Kast: "Yo no soy admirador del general Pinochet, soy una persona que defiende el gobierno militar" (es) (9 October 2018).
  8. El día en que José Antonio Kast apoyó a Pinochet en la franja del SÍ (es) (10 September 2018).
  9. José Antonio Kast no se la deja pasar a Piñera: "No hay manual que resista tanta torpeza en un solo viaje" (es) (29 abril 2019).
  10. José Antonio Kast tras la victoria de Jair Bolsonaro en Brasil: "El sentido común sigue triunfando" (es). T13 (October 28 2018).
  11. José Antonio Kast: “Los triunfos de la derecha en Latinoamérica favorecen la opción que estoy planteando” (es). El Dínamo (October 30 2018).
  12. José Antonio Kast es recibido en España por líderes del partido de extrema derecha Vox (es). 24 Horas (25 June 2019). Retrieved on 25 June 2019.
  13. Kast se reúne con europarlamentarios en Bruselas (es). Radio Agricultura (June 27 2018).
  14. Desde Roma, J.A. Kast hace un balance de su gira por Europa: “La izquierda se ha visto sorprendida por el despertar del sentido común" (es). La Tercera (July 3 2019).