SANTIAGO - Chilean Socialist Party chair Isabel Allende, the daughter of late President Salvador Allende, congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on his election as the new leader of Britain's Labor Party.
In a letter released Monday, Sen. Allende hailed the British politician's "clear victory" in the leadership contest, where Corbyn prevailed with nearly 60 percent of the vote over three other contenders favored by the party establishment and the media.
Corbyn's election, according to Allende, shows the Labor Party's determination to "support a leadership in the defense of citizens' rights and open to immigration" and work for equality.
The letter highlighted the links of the new Labor leader with Chile and his "solidarity" with Chileans after the 1973 coup that toppled President Allende and ushered in 17 years of oppressive military rule under Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
In 1987, Corbyn married Chilean exile Claudia Bracchita, a niece of President Allende's cardiologist, and the couple had three children before divorcing 12 years later.
Sen. Allende also pointed to the events of 1998, when Pinochet was detained in London and Corbyn joined a campaign in Parliament to press for his extradition to Spain for prosecution.
Pinochet was arrested in Britain on a warrant issued by Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, who sought to prosecute the former strongman on charges of crimes against humanity.
The British government, however, ultimately decided to allow Pinochet to return to Chile, citing "humanitarian" grounds.