José Antonio Kast

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José Antonio Kast
José Antonio Kast Rist.jpg
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, District 24 (Santiago)
In office
11 March 2014 – 11 March 2018
Secretary-General of the Independent Democratic Union
In office
30 March 2012 – 10 May 2014
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, District 30 (Santiago)
In office
11 March 2002 – 11 March 2014
City Councilman of Buin
In office
Personal details
Born (1966-01-18) 18 January 1966 (age 53)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyRepublican Party (2019-)
Independent (2016-2019)
Independent Democrat Union (1996-2016)
Other political
Acción Republicana.svg Republican Action
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s)María Pía Adriasola Barroilhet
Children5 sons, 4 daughters
RelativesMiguel Kast (brother), Felipe Kast (nephew)
EducationGerman School of Santiago
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Chile
WebsiteOfficial website

José Antonio Kast Rist (born in Santiago, 18 January 1966) is a Chilean lawyer and politician who served as a member of the Chamber of Deputies, representing District 24 of Peñalolén and La Reina. He was a member of the Independent Democrat Union until 2016, and independent until 2019.[1] Kast ran for president as an independent candidate in the 2017 election,[2] and since 2018 is the leader of the conservative movement Republican Action (Acción Republicana).[3] In 2019 he created the Chilean Republican Party[4][5][6] and the think tank Republican Ideas.[7]

Early years[edit]

His parents were Michael Kast Schindele and Olga Rist Hagspiel, German immigrants from Bavaria who after arriving in the 1950s installed a cecina factory and a restaurant. They had 9 children.[8] José Antonio Kast is a brother of the economist, minister and former Governor of the Central Bank, Miguel Kast (1948-1983), and uncle of the Political Evolution senator, Felipe Kast.[9]

Kast studied law at the Catholic University of Chile, where he got his first contact with the Movimiento Gremialista (Guildist Movement).[8] He was a candidate for the Student Federation's (FEUC) presidency.

Kast, as a student, appeared on the 1988 Chilean national plebiscite electoral space, supporting the Yes option.[10]

Political career[edit]

José Antonio Kast's campaign logo
Republican Action Movement logo

Between 1996 and 2000 he was a councilman of Buin. In 2001, Kast was chosen as a member of the Chamber of Deputies for District 30 of San Bernardo. He was the Secretary General of the Independent Democratic Union, a party he resigned from to run for president.[11]

On 18 August 2017 he officially registered his independent candidacy with the Electoral Service, presenting 43,461 signatures.[12] He was supported by right-wing, conservative, libertarian, nationalist, pinochetist and retired military groups, among others.[13][14][15] Kast promoted a "less taxes, less government, pro-life",[16] as well as anti-illegal immigration[17] government program. His support of the Military Government led to much controversy during his campaign, especially his proposal to forgive convicts of human rights violations by Pinochet's government who have age-related ilnesses.[16] He got 523,213 votes in the presidential election, representing 7,93% of the total of votes and the 4th place, even though polls only showed a 2%-3% support.[18] In the second round of the election he supported Sebastián Piñera's campaign, which won the election.

In March 2018, during a tour on some Chilean universities, Kast was scheduled to give a talk at the Arturo Prat University in Iquique, but was physically assaulted by protesters opposing his political views.[19] Kast also claimed "censorship" by the University of Concepción[20] and the Austral University of Chile.[21]

In April 2018, José Antonio Kast revealed the right-wing political movement called Republican Action.[3]

In the 2018 Brazilian general election, JAK supported Jair Bolsonaro.[22]

Kast confirmed his intentions of running for president on the 2021 Chilean general election.[23]

In May 2019, he created the think tank Republican Ideas and in June 2019 he created the chilean Republican Party.

Personal life[edit]

Kast is married to María Pía Adriasola and has nine children.[24] He is a Catholic and a member of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement.[8]


  1. ^ "José Antonio Kast renuncia a la UDI" (in Spanish). La Tercera. May 31, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "J. A. Kast anuncia inscripción de candidatura presidencial para el 17 de agosto y presenta comando con figuras de la UDI" (in Spanish). Emol. July 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "José Antonio Kast lanza su movimiento Acción Republicana "para despertar a la gran mayoría silenciosa"" (in Spanish).
  4. ^ "Partido Republicano en el mapa de la política" (in Spanish). La Tercera. 15 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ "NACIONAL POLÍTICA Partido Republicano: José Antonio Kast inscribe nuevo referente en el Servel". Diario U Chile. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Se lanzó el nuevo Partido Republicano de José Antonio Kast". T13. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "José Antonio Kast lanza el Instituto de Ideas Republicanas" (in Spanish). Radio Agricultura. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Ibarra, Valeria (July 31, 2011). "Historia del clan Kast mezcla negocios, política y religión" (in Spanish). El Mercurio. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "¿José Antonio o Felipe?: "Es lo que nos preguntamos en los almuerzos familiares"" (in Spanish). La Segunda. April 7, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "VIDEO El día en que José Antonio Kast apoyó a Pinochet en la franja del SÍ" (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  11. ^ Political Handbook of the World 2015 at Google Books
  12. ^ "Servicio Electoral vive jornada de formalización de pacto y declaraciones de candidaturas – Servicio Electoral de Chile". (in Spanish).
  13. ^ "José Antonio Kast: "Yo sí defiendo con orgullo la obra del gobierno militar"" (in Spanish). The Clinic. August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Out From the Shadow of Pinochet: A Guide to Chile's Election". Bloomberg News. July 7, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Jiménez, Marcela. "Kast y la irrupción de la ultraderecha: avanza el ejército en las sombras". El Mostrador (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  16. ^ a b Montes, Rocío (2017-11-13). "El presidenciable chileno que reivindica a Pinochet". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  17. ^ "José Antonio Kast: No queremos que otros se aprovechen y vengan pensando que van a salvar sus vidas" (in Spanish). 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  18. ^ "Una sorpresa llamada Kast - Revista Qué Pasa". Revista Qué Pasa (in Spanish). 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  19. ^ "José Antonio Kast por agresión en Iquique: "No puedo permitir que me caricaturicen"".
  20. ^ "J.A. Kast invoca Ley Zamudio contra Universidad de Concepción por no poder realizar una charla a estudiantes".
  21. ^ "Organizadores cancelan charla de J.A. Kast en la Universidad Austral: Ex diputado acusa censura por amenazas de grupos de izquierda".
  22. ^ "José Antonio Kast se reúne con Bolsonaro y le regala camiseta de la Selección Chilena". 24 Horas. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Kast anuncia carrera presidencial para elecciones de 2021 en seminario llamado "Marxismo Cultural"". BioBioChile. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Un día con Pía Adriasola, esposa de J.A. Kast: "Dios me compensó por tener menos marido con 9 hijos"" (in Spanish). El Dínamo. August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.

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