José Antonio Kast

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José Antonio Kast
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President of the Republican Party of Chile

From: 10 June 2019 – 21 November 2021
Predecessor Creation of the Party
Successor Rojo Edwards
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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
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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 -
Party Republican Party (2019-)

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

Spouse(s) María Pía Adriasola
Religion Catholic (Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement)

José Antonio Kast Rist (b. Santiago, January 18, 1966) is a right-wing Chilean politician who served as deputy between 2002 and 2018.

In 2017 he ran for president as a right-wing alternative to the establishment candidate Sebastián Piñera obtaining 7.93 % of the votes (4th place, 523,375 votes). In the second round, he supported Piñera to avoid another government of the Left. In 2018 he founded the Republican Action Movement, in 2019 the Chilean Republican Party and the think tank Republican Ideas.

In 2021 he ran for president again being the right-wing candidate of the election and being the alternative from the center-right's Sebastián Sichel obtaining the first majority in first round with a 27.91 % of the votes (1,961,387 votes) and Gabriel Boric obtained 25.82 % (1,814,777 votes). But Kast lost the second round obtaining 44.13 % (3,650,088 votes) against 55.87 % (4,620,890 votes) from Boric.

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


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 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 were illegals but also the immigrant population of Chile went from being 1% to 6.1% (1 million new immigrants in 4 years).[5] However, during his 2021 second round campaign he published a poster saying "We are all migrants".

He supports a "responsible possession of weapons", not a the full right to wear arms everywhere.[6]

He supports what he considers the "good part" of the Augusto Pinochet regime.[7][8] And thinks that Miguel Krassnoff is innocent.

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".

Similar to Donald Trump, Kast proposed the construction of a ditch in the border with Bolivia to prevent illegal immigration from happening during the 2021 Chilean Presidential Election.

In the same election he won a lot of support in the Araucanía region since he strongly opposes terrorism attacks there.

After he criticized COVID restrictions on July 2021, during the second round of the presidential election, he said he supported the infamous COVID vaccine passport (called Pase de movilidad in Chile) after he met with the former health minister of the Piñera Administration, Paula Daza.

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]

On December 2021 he met Marco Rubio at the Capitol.[15]

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External links


  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). (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).
  15. The right-wing candidate, José Antonio Kast, went on a tour of the United States