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José Antonio Kast: ‘Ambassador Bielsa’s attitude is not consistent with the relationship of mutual respect’

It has been a convulsive week for José Antonio Kast Rist (55 years old, 9 children), a candidate of the ultra-conservative right in Chile, who won the electoral victory in the first round of the presidential elections last Sunday, with a 27.79 % of the votes.

Two of his activities have been abruptly canceled this week due to attacks from adversaries, while at the headquarters of his party, in the Las Condes neighborhood, in Santiago, there are negotiations and rearticulation of your team campaign.

The coming weeks will also be agitated, in view of the second round on December 19, when he will face his left-wing rival, Gabriel Boric, 35, who obtained 25.83% of the votes this Sunday.

In effect, Kast already has the support of all the parties of the Chilean center-right, the ruling coalition “Chile Podemos más”.

In the bustle of a week with a full agenda, after a victory that was unexpected two months ago, when he only scored 6 points in the polls and was far from the ballot, Kast responded in writing to the inquiries of Clarion.

José Antonio Kast, on Monday, at a breakfast with supporters after his victory in the first round of the elections. Photo: AP

-The Argentine ambassador to Chile, Rafael Bielsa, has called him “anti-Argentine.” How do you envision the relationships between a possible government of yours and the administration of Alberto Fernández?

-Chile and Argentina are two sister countries, which are linked not only by geography but also by their history of freedom and the constitution of the Republic. They are united by culture, language and family ties. I want to have the best diplomatic relations with Argentina, a State relationship, of mutual respect and collaboration. We have important bilateral challenges to address, as well as concerns on the continent to face together.

-And what do you think of the ambassador’s statements?

-Regarding the ambassador (Bielsa), I abide by the statement of the Government of Chile that described them as “unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Chile and violate norms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.” Undoubtedly, Ambassador Bielsa’s attitude is not consistent with the state relationship and mutual respect that should exist between two sister nations.


You have said that you are not ultra or extreme right, but the world understands politics in left-right or liberal-conservative axes. How do you define yourself ideologically?

-I believe in the value of freedom, democracy, respect for the law, the country, work, effort. Meritocracy and entrepreneurship. I believe in a society where the person is at the center, and based on merit and their effort they can progress and have a better well-being for their family. I believe that the State must guarantee a level playing field for everyone, establish clear rules, enforce them, be able to guarantee order and security, help those who require it and, most importantly, be at the service of people and their needs. People and their individual freedom are the heart of the political project, which I hope will summon the majority of Chileans.

-What model of country or political leadership of other nations deserves respect and do you feel close to what you would like your management in Chile to be?

-I admire the countries where there is economic freedom and facilities to undertake, respect for the rule of law, an austere and efficient State. I admire robust democracies, with a broad civil society with full freedoms, solid institutions. I admire countries with political, economic and social stability, where differences and legitimate citizen aspirations are channeled through institutional and democratic channels, and where it is possible to progress and develop a life project.

-You obtained almost 28% of the votes, but for the second round of December 19 you need to reach 50% + 1. What programmatic agreements do you hope to achieve and what concessions are you willing to make, understanding that political negotiations are always transactional?

-We have the vocation of the majority, which means full availability to seek common ground that will allow us to build a better Chile for all. Without a doubt, our country is at a crossroads: either we continue to advance towards the values ​​of freedom, progress, order, respect for the rule of law, the rule of law, or we continue to descend in this spiral of violence, re-founding, demolition from democratic institutions and poverty to which Marxist ideologies lead all over the world.

“Either we continue to advance towards the values ​​of freedom, progress, order, the rule of law, or we continue to descend in this spiral of violence, re-founding, demolition of democratic institutions and poverty to which Marxist ideologies lead throughout the world. world”.

-Are you planning to make changes to your proposals?

-My program is not set in stone, and we are receptive to hearing good proposals for our country and working on it. Chile will elect a president for all Chileans, and it is my duty and obligation, then, to listen and build bridges to all my compatriots.

-Franco Parisi, the “apolitical” candidate, was a surprise when he came third with 12.8% of the votes. Various analysts point out that it is an electorate that could vote for you. How do you intend to go out and find them and what do you hope to offer them?

-Many Chileans voted for other political projects with which we have coincidences in the Chile that we want to build. I believe that individual freedom is the great bridge of union with the voters of Parisi, and I am available to talk with him. I think he has very valuable ideas to generate greater economic and social progress and thus with sectors of the Christian Democrats and work with the vast majority that do not vote.

-Various organizations and LGTBIQ ++ groups fear their eventual triumph, due to their positions against equal marriage, for example. Not only because of its program, but because of what it could mean for its adherents. There are cases like the United States or Brazil, where they felt legitimated to attack others. What reflection do you have on the social implications that your victory in the ballot could have?

-I am a democrat, and Chile is a full democracy, where all Chileans live with their own ways of seeing life and diversity. Therefore, respect for the human being, its essence, its values, its diversity, its belief, its conception of life, is essential in a democracy. No one should be attacked because of their beliefs, sex, origin. They must be respected and guaranteed the free exercise of their rights.

Santiago, special for Clarín



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