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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate in Colombia. It’s not the first time that his name is on an electoral ballot. In fact, he served as the mayor and councilor of Medellin. It was his first national vote. The Team for Colombia coalition won more than two million votes. They believe he could be a candidate for the conservative movements. Fico (47-year-old Fico), who is his name is the principal opponent to Gustavo Petro. He was as part of the Historic Pact, one of three people who won the election that determined who would represent the three largest political forces.

The presidential campaign is only starting. The question of whether the former mayor of Medellin is the real opposition to petrismo is contingent on the alliances and negotiation that he will make from now on. He’ll need to not only unify the entire right, but also win over a small portion of the center electorate which was shattered on Sunday. To do this it is necessary to continue avoiding, as he has done to date by not appearing in the same photo with former President Alvaro Uribe. Today’s open support for uribism is the first in 20 years. Instead of adding, it could subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance to the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe’s political party. However, he will have to convince the center, which is to decide on where the alliance goes,” Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.

Fico made its first triumph this Monday on the way to an allegiance with the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stepped aside and acknowledged his inability to compete with him. He offered his support. Now, ‘ll see whether the entire Uribismo who was left without one and a single candidate, will support him. Uribe is likely to publicly support his candidate and persuade his voters by presenting the classic issues that are part of the Colombian left. This should not be an issue for him. Already, his remarks about “security” and “order” opportunities, and the love of the country showed Uribe is adding votes. He verified it this Sunday by participating in the election consultation similar to what he did when he was in the office of the mayor in the capital of Antioquia, where he was popularly known as the sheriff of Medellin. While on a recent trip to Arauca which has been violently impacted and terrorism, Fico stated that the bandits are locked up or dead. Fico is aware of what the Colombian right likes but that won’t be enough for him.

Basset states, “We aren’t in 2018, where the fear of the left has worked well,” According to the analyst, it is evident that the profile of Alvaro Uribe is not one of the leaders that the country had seen since 2002 in the year Uribe was elected president for the first time. Moreover, the fact that his own party, the CD has been through a rough patch which could result in Fico avoid receiving, at least openly, Uribe’s approval. However, this doesn’t mean that the votes of Uribismo even if they are not in the top tier aren’t important to Gutierrez, as happened this Sunday or during his first attempt to get into the office of the mayor of Medellin, when Uribe did not hesitate to support him over the candidate of his party. “This victory (winning in the coalition) is not only because of Uribism. The ability of his negotiator will be evaluated: to convince the right, but not to spend all of his money for the alliance,” Basset warns. Andres Medjia vergnaud made a comment on the relationship between the former president with Fico. “The biggest issue of Federico Gutierrez’s relationship is that he wants Uribismo to vote for the president, but with Uribe as a photo and a persona, it’s not a good fit for his style.”

Gustavo Petro (left) is the sole leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is the only candidate looking to win the presidency unless Fico (if negotiates) convinces Fico to let him go and offer him his support. Rodolfo Hernandez remains running, despite having launched independently. Gutierrez must include the achievements of the former mayor of Bucaramanga and billionaire builder Rodolfo Hernandez, if is to fight petrismo.

Gutierrez has a lot more to negotiate before even considering names for his potential presidential formula. However, he does have the support of other contenders for Team for Colombia leadership. This isn’t a small sum. There are by his side two former mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and one woman, Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of a Christian party, who usually votes judiciously as ordered from the lectern in his church.

Alongside the strengthened Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing group in Congress with more than two million votes. The U Party also supported it, having an outstanding turnout of less than one million votes. The support of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who has not allowed a lot of time to go by after the elections on Sunday and apologize for his loss before a possible confrontation for the votes of the right, provides Fico the chance to push forward in a sector of conservatism, but distances Fico from votes that could be cast from the middle. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide if he is willing to risk his chance at the center for the opportunity to be blessed by Uribe.