According to opinion polls, Chilean ultra-conservative Jose Antonio Kast was an enormous influence of the market for the presidential election in Sunday's election.
The 55-year-old lawyer, the Catholic and the father of nine, is unconcerned, despite his commitment to a strict strategy on crime and a streamlined state. Despite the lack of a clear political and economic legacy, he has praised the economic legacy of former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Kast, a candidate for the Christian Social Front, has become a flagbearer of the "unapologetic" right wing in Chile, which hardened in response to the rise of the progressive political left after violence and violent street protests in 2019, which have in response to the growing up trend in the solitary, racist and mute protests in the street of last year, as more repressed opposition groups of the polarization - and for a time of the acrobatic nationalist
"They call us intolerant and extreme, because we speak the truth and say something on head-on. We have never endorsed violence," Kast wrote on Twitter late October.
Critics say his treatment of the political class - called Congress a "circus" -, and proposals that have included the building a ditch to curb illegal immigration are reminiscent of right-wing populist leaders like Bolsonaro and Trump.
So he's cut those comparisons and as the Nov. 21 vote has got begun and the polling numbers have climbed, which has revealed his image, as well as seeking to maintain distance between himself and Sebastian Pinera, the unpopular ruling center-right government.
"We want to agree, we want to be dialogued with everybody, regardless of political hue," he told business leaders at a meeting on Nov 11 on Nov. 11. "I'm a direct and honest person, but I am always respectful."
To his critics Kast is a proverbial contribution to the era of brutal dictatorship under Pinochet in the 1970s and the 1980s, resulting in a wide gap in the rich elite and most of Chileans.
In 2017, Jose Kast's brother Michael was a military official and the president came in fourth place. He said that if Pinochet were still alive, he would've voted for him.
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Despite the fact that Kast is relatively ahead of his main rival, 35-year-old former student leader Gabriel Boric. The most likely outcome is a split vote with a run-off in December.
Kast pledged to restore economic growth after the 2019 protests, which saw the burning of buildings and the death of thousands of injured in street conflicts with the police.
He pledged to defend Chile's widely copied free-market model and support enterprise.
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Kast is small with protesters, hesitant to question the work of an elected assembly who is drafting a new constitution to replace the Pinochet-era text.
He promised a strong hand to combat the ethnic mapuche struggle - and emphasized the conflict of aggression in the south. He described arson and clashes with security forces as a "terrorism" - which has gone well with some voters.
Kast rises one point whenever violence is reported in Santiago or La Araucania, said the political analyst Cristobal Bellolio.
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