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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez is the most steady presidential candidate in Colombia. Although this isn’t the first time his name is on election card – he was previously a Medellin councilor and mayor – this is his first time to win a national vote. With more than two millions votes cast in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance they see him as a desirable candidate for conservative movements and those who fear a leftist presidency. Fico (47 year old Medellin) is, at the moment, Gustavo Petro’s main opponent. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the candidates who won the election which determined who the representatives of the three biggest political parties were.

The presidential campaign is only starting and whether or not the former mayor of Medellin manages to be the true counterweight to petrismo will be determined by the alliances and agreements he forges from this point on. He will need to unify the right, and also win over the middle electorate, which was apathetic and without a leader who was strong on Sunday. He must avoid, as he has so been, from being in the same photograph with Alvaro Uribe. For the first time in 20 years, the public support of uribism, rather than adding, may reduce. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He’ll need to create an alliance to the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe’s party. But he must also convince the center that it is the one to decide where it goes,” Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.

Fico made its first triumph this Monday , on its way to an allegiance with the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stepped aside and acknowledged his inability to compete with his. He offered his support. Now , it will be fascinating to see if Uribismo’s entire group who has been left without any representative, follows his lead. Uribe could be seen openly supporting the cause and trying to convince his electorate that he supports the Colombian right. The speech he delivered of “security”, ‘order ‘opportunities, and ‘love of fatherland’ already showed that Uribe has the ability to increase votes. Like he did during his time in Antioquia’s mayor’s office He confirmed it in the election consultation. He stated, “The bandits were either dead or in prison,” while he was traveling to Arauca an area which is particularly susceptible to violence. Fico is aware of what Colombian rights are, but that won’t be enough. pointed out that “We’re not in the year 2018 when the fear generated by the left was effective,” and that the electorate is not influenced by fear this time. Basset says Fico is not likely to receive Uribe’s blessing in the event that the Alvaro Uribe figure isn’t the one the country has known since 2002, when Uribe was elected president. However, this doesn’t mean that Uribismo’s votes, even if they fall below the table, do not matter to Gutierrez. As was the case this Sunday, or when he tried to gain access to Medellin’s mayor’s post, Uribe supported Gutierrez even when he was the presidential candidate for his party. Uribism was also a factor in this win. The ability of his negotiator will be evaluated: to persuade the right, but not to invest everything on the alliance,” Basset warns. Andres Méjia Vergnaud discusses the relationship between the former Fico president and Fico. He claims that Federico Gutierrez wants Uribismo votes but not Uribe photos because it isn’t the right thing for him to be his candidate.

Gustavo Petro is the only leader from the left, but Gustavo Petro is the only one from the right. Fico, if he is able to negotiate, can convince him to offer his backing and step aside. Rodolfo Hernandez is still running despite having run independently. Gutierrez must include the former Bucaramanga mayor, a millionaire and builder, in his list of achievements in order to stop petrismo.

Gutierrez has a lot of work to complete before he is even considering names for the presidential formula. However, what Gutierrez already has is the backing of the other candidates for the leadership of the Team for Colombia alliance. It’s not much. There are (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his associates. David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party); and Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who follows church rules.

In addition to the resurgence of the Conservative Party – it achieved the biggest vote of right-wing elements for Congress with more than two million votes -, it is also backed by the U Party, which also had an outstanding vote in the legislative , with just over 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga’s support who did not let the Sunday’s elections pass by in order to accept his loss before a possible contest for votes from the right gives Fico the boost he needs in a section of conservatism however, it also impedes his possible votes from within the center. What former president Alvaro Uribe says, who invited his party for a meeting on Tuesday and will be the final factor to determine whether Fico takes a risk to be a center-right candidate by being the Uribe’s blessing.