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Sun Nov 21, 2021, 08:42 PM

Chile's far-right Kast leads in first round of presidential election as runoff looms

Chile is headed for a polarized presidential election runoff next month as hard-right former congressman Josť Antonio Kast held the lead in the first-round vote on Sunday ahead of leftist lawmaker and former protest leader Gabriel Boric.

With 80.54% of the vote counted, Kast, 55, had 28.15% versus 25.32% for Boric, 35 - although both were well short of the majority needed to win outright.

More moderate, center-right candidates performed well, a potential boost for Kast in the Dec. 19 runoff.

In a surprise, economist Franco Parisi, who is living in Alabama and did not set foot in Chile during the campaign, was in third place with over 13% of the vote.

Center-right candidate SebastiŠn Sichel and center-left Yasna Provoste were just behind, both with around 12%.

At: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/chileans-head-polls-with-two-radically-different-visions-ballot-2021-11-21/



Social Convergence (left-wing) nominee Gabriel Boric and Republican (far-right) nominee Josť Kast during a recent presidential debate in Santiago, Chile.

The election, Chile's most divisive since its 1990 return to democracy, has split voters between those seeking a shake-up of the country's free-market model and those demanding a harder line against crime and immigration.

Boric led student protests in 2011 demanding improvements to Chile's education system, and has pledged to scrap the nation's laissez-faire economic model.

Kast, who belongs to the hard-right Catholic sect Opus Dei, has praised the neo-liberal "economic legacy" of former dictator Augusto Pinochet.

He has drawn frequent comparisons with former U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro.

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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 01:52 AM

1. Wretched learning there are still so many fascists in Chile. What a miserable shame.

Thanks, peppertree. 🌳

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 12:05 PM

2. And top of all else, Kast is the son of a Nazi escapee

Besides being the younger brother of Pinochet's worst Central Bank President, Miguel Kast - who presided over the country's 1982-83 collapse.

But Chile's best-known Nazi escapee son is its richest man, Horst Paulmann.

Paulmann is suspected of being a beneficiary of Nazi ratline investments:

he had a couple of grimy delis in Chile, and - almost overnight - went on to have the largest retail empire in South America.

As you know, that doesn't happen without a big-time (and secret) "angel" investor - least of all in South America.

Thanks as always for keeping up with all the comings and goings of Latin politics, Judi. Always lots of drama.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wed Nov 24, 2021, 04:59 AM

3. Astounding information regarding these Nazi transplants. Losing WWII didn't slow them down!



". . . Chile's best-known Nazi escapee son is its richest man, Horst Paulmann."

Mind-boggling and horrifying.

Wonderful turkey suit, however! Happy Thanksgiving to you, the best. 🍻

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