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The Chilean ruling party confirmed that it will support José Antonio Kast in the second round of the elections

The far-right candidate José Antonio Kast celebrates with his wife, María Pía Adriasola, during his speech after winning the first round of the presidential elections in Santiago, Chile.  November 21, 2021. REUTERS / Iván Alvarado
The far-right candidate José Antonio Kast celebrates with his wife, María Pía Adriasola, during his speech after winning the first round of the presidential elections in Santiago, Chile. November 21, 2021. REUTERS / Iván Alvarado

All the center-right parties of the Chilean ruling party confirmed that they will support in the second round of the presidential elections, on December 19, to the far-right candidate of the Republican Party, Jose Antonio Kast.

On Wednesday night it was confirmed by the last formation, the conservative party National Renewal (RN), after they already did it previously Independent Democratic Union (UDI), Political Evolution (Evópoli) and Independent Democratic Regionalist Party (PRI).

The four make up the coalition Chile We Can More, who supports the current president, Sebastian Piñera, and whose letter to the next Presidency, Sebastian Sichel, was far from reaching the ballot last Sunday, with 12.7% support.

“We had a candidate who could not pass the fence, but we are risking the future of Chile. If the irresponsible left wins, we will have the country downhill“, said Francisco Chahuán, president of RN shortly before the general council ratified its support for Kast.

Chilean presidential candidate Gabriel Boric at a congress session in Valparaíso, Chile, November 24, 2021. REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido
Chilean presidential candidate Gabriel Boric at a congress session in Valparaíso, Chile, November 24, 2021. REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido

The first to express their support, “without demands or conditions”, were the high command of the UDI, the most conservative party in the group, of which precisely Kast was a historic militant and deputy for 16 years.

The ultra-conservative, who in the first round last Sunday was the most voted candidate with 27.9% preferences, he left UDI to found his own formation in 2019, the Republican Party.

In December he will fight in the second round against leftist MP Gabriel Boric, leader of a coalition that includes the Frente Amplio (FA), a progressive group with less than 5 years of experience, and the Communist Party.

11-02-2021 The presidential candidates Gabriel Boric and José Antonio Kast, at the head of the electoral polls in Chile POLITICA MARCELO HERNANDEZ
11-02-2021 The presidential candidates Gabriel Boric and José Antonio Kast, at the head of the electoral polls in Chile POLITICA MARCELO HERNANDEZ

From Evópoli, the most centrist formation of the ruling party, affirmed that they will support Kast’s candidacy to “vote against” the left-wing coalition, and ruled out their participation in an eventual Kast government.

For its part, Rodrigo Carimori, leader of the PRI, affirmed that his party it will not become a “passive accomplice of what happens in the country” in case Boric wins.

This is the first time, since the end of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1990), that the two candidates for the ballot they are not part of the two great traditional coalitions, Chile Podemos Más (center-right) and Nuevo Pacto Social (center-left).

Detail of the ballot box for President's votes, this November 21, 2021, at the Liceo Carmela Silva Donoso, in Santiago (Chile).  EFE / Alberto Valdés
Detail of the ballot box for President’s votes, this November 21, 2021, at the Liceo Carmela Silva Donoso, in Santiago (Chile). EFE / Alberto Valdés

Candidates competing on this occasion seek two totally opposite country models: On the one hand, Boric has a program that points towards a European-like welfare state, with a feminist and environmentalist accent; while Kast defends the neoliberal model installed during the dictatorship (1973-1990) with a strong anti-immigration discourse.

In this second round, to be held on December 19, both candidates will compete for the political center.

For now, Boric has obtained the support of large center-left groups such as the Socialist Party (PS), the Party for Democracy (PPD), the Progressive Party (PRO) and has received the support of former President Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) and important leaders of the Christian Democrats.

(With information from EFE)

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