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Since the election on Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the most powerful. This is not his first time appearing on an electoral card. was previously councilor and mayor in Medellin. The first time he was tested in a national elections, where he received more than 2 millions votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, made him an ideal candidate for conservative groups. Fico (Medellin, 47 years old) who is known, is since last night and right now, the main opposition to Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the top three candidates on the election day that defined who will be the representatives of the three most important political forces.

The presidential campaign just began and the future of former Medellin mayor in Medellin will hinge on the alliances he builds and the talks he gets into. 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 avoid his past mistakes to date by not appearing in the same photograph with the former president Alvaro Uribe. Today, for just the second time in 20 year it is clear that the support for Uribism instead of adding could subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He has to form an alliance, on Uribe’s side along with the Democratic Center. However, the challenge is convincing Uribe and the center, which is the one to determine its direction,” Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico, which is a coalition with the CD in which uribism is the main focus, has had its first victory on the road to an alliance. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stepped aside and acknowledged his limited chances of competing with his. He offered his assistance. It will be interesting to see if Uribismo’s entire collective who has been left without any representative, follows his lead. Particularly, when Uribe gives his support openly and try to convince voters of the most basic concerns of the Colombian right, which is not that difficult for Uribe. His remarks of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of the country” already demonstrated that he adds votes. He proved this by an consultation on elections, as previously at Antioquia’s mayor office. On a recent visit to Arauca (an area which has been particularly impacted by violence) He said “The bandits are locked up or in graves.” Fico knows what the Colombian right likes, but it will not suffice for Fico.

Basset points out, “We aren’t in 2018, where the fear of being left-wing did well.” According to the analyst the fact that the image of Alvaro Uribe is not that of the absolute leader that the nation had since 2002 in the year Uribe was elected president for the first time. Also, that his political party, the CD has been through a bad moment and could see Fico avoid receiving, at least openly, Uribe’s approval. It doesn’t mean Uribismo’s vote, regardless of whether they are not in the top tier don’t matter to Gutierrez. Like was the case on Sunday, or when he tried to reach Medellin’s mayor’s office, Uribe supported Gutierrez even when he was the presidential candidate for his party. Uribism is also the reason for this win. Basset warns that right now, his negotiation skills are likely to be limited. “To convince the right, but to not spend everything on this alliance, will be his test.” In to this alliance between former President Uribe and Fico the expert Andres Mejia Vergnaud says “the biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez is that he wants the votes of Uribismo, but without the picture with Uribe as it doesn’t suit him to be his candidate”.

While on the left there is only one candidate, Gustavo Petro, on the right there is still an individual who is heading to the presidential race until Fico – – again, should he be able to convince him to resign and give him his support. Rodolfo Hernandez, who contested the election independently, is in contention. Gutierrez will be able to boast many accomplishments including the former mayor of Bucaramanga who is an architect and millionaire.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even considering names for his potential presidential formula. But Gutierrez has the support of other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. It is not little. There are two ex-mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his companions. David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party) as well as Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who votes according to church orders.

The Conservative Party has been strengthened – it received the largest support from right-wing groups with more that two million votes. Additionally, the U Party has shown sympathy for the Conservative Party. They also have a strong election, with just over one million votes for the legislative. The support of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who did not let many hours pass after Sunday’s elections, to assume his defeat ahead of a possible battle for the votes of the right, gives Fico a new push in a sector of conservatism however, it distances him a little more from possible votes from the middle. The announcement of Alvaro Uribe, the former President, who summoned his party to meet on Tuesday, will decide the extent to which Fico will be willing to give up his chances to be a center-right candidate to become the openly blessed Uribe.