“I don’t feel like I am far-right,” says Chilean presidential candidate Kast

Chilean presidential candidate José Antonio Kast, of the far-right Republican Party, meets with reporters from international media in Santiago, Chile. November 12, 2021. REUTERS / Iván Alvarado

SANTIAGO, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The conservative candidate for the presidency in Chile José Antonio Kast, who according to polls would go to a ballot, said on Friday that he does not feel like a “far-right” politician, but a candidate “of common sense” .

In a meeting with foreign correspondents on the days of the November 21 elections, Kast said that the press coined that way of calling him, but that these political categories are “old” and that his campaign seeks to break traditional patterns.

“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 don’t feel like the ultra-right,” he said. “I am not,” he insisted, assuring that his campaign’s proposals on migration, environment, private property or economy issues “are common sense.”

He also dismissed comparisons with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro or American Donald Trump.

The candidate, who was already a presidential candidate in 2017 and came in fourth place, proposes a more “efficient” state, criticizes the political class in general and vindicates the legacy of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet who, he has said, would vote for him in an election.

“We don’t have how to ask him, but I don’t think he would have many alternatives,” he said on Friday.

He is also openly opposed to abortion, only partially allowed in Chile, and said that a possible government of his would not promote the legalization of marriage between two people of the same sex. Kast, along with leftist Gabriel Boric, a former student leader, is leading the polls 15 days before the elections.

Kast, who has criticized on numerous occasions the intense flow of irregular immigrants through the north of the country, affirmed that this problem “was born in a narco-dictatorship in Venezuela.”

“We should expel the Venezuelan ambassador from Chile,” he said. “If we only have to have consular relations with them, we are going to have them.”

(Reporting by Natalia Ramos; Edited by Javier López de Lérida)


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