“I am a democrat” who respects the “popular will”: candidate in Chile pro Pinochet

The most conservative candidate among the seven candidates for the presidency of Chile, José Antonio Kast, said on Friday that he was a democrat who will respect the Constituent Convention and denied the nickname of “extreme right” despite claiming the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). ).

Kast, a 55-year-old lawyer of German descent, said that despite campaigning against a new constitution, he will always respect “the popular will.” “I am a democratic person” first and foremost, he said in a meeting with foreign correspondents before the November 21 presidential election.

“The relationship with the constituent convention has to be democratic and respecting all the legal frameworks that the Chileans gave, here a plebiscite was held, an election was made, the constituents were elected and they deserve all the respect to be able to perform their functions well. “, he claimed.

At the same time, he said that he expects Chile to “close that chapter” to recover “legal certainties” as a country, which have been lost after the social crisis since October 2019.

The candidate who in 2017 said that if Pinochet lived he would vote for him, denied the label of ultra or extreme right.

– “Common sense” –

On social issues, Kast defends his position against abortion, marriage and adoption among homosexuals “because of religious convictions”, and announces initiatives that would mean a setback in gender equality, such as his plan to close the Ministry of Women.

“Why do you think that someone you call the extreme right is currently scoring in the polls? Are all the Chileans who vote for me from the extreme right? That is not true,” he said.

“I do not feel like an ultra-right wing. I am not,” he emphasized, stating that his campaign proposals on migration, the environment, or the economy, “are common sense.”

“I am the candidate of common sense,” stressed the politician close to the Spanish VOX party.

Since the end of September, coinciding with the migratory crisis in northern Chile due to the irregular arrival of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, Kast began to rise in the polls to place himself between the first and second place of voting intention, fought with the leftist Gabriel Boric.

– “Dictatorships” –

Kast also explained why he does not call that of Pinochet dictatorship and does define the regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela as “dictatorships.”

“There is a situation that makes a difference with what happens in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. I think that Nicaragua fully reflects what did not happen in Chile (with Pinochet): democratic elections were held and political opponents were not locked up. That makes the fundamental difference, “Kast said.

From his point of view, the Constitution that was promulgated in 1980 during the Pinochet regime “contained the entire transition to democracy” and the military government handed over power after a plebiscite. “Tell me, what dictatorship has done that?”



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