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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate in Colombia. This isn’t the first time his name appears on the electoral ballot. In , he was the city’s mayor and councilor in Medellin. This was his first election in the national arena. The Team for Colombia coalition won more than two-million votes. They consider him to be a candidate from the right-wing movements. Fico (47 year aged Medellin) is, at this time, Gustavo Petro’s primary opposition. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the winning candidates in the elections that determined was the representative of the three largest political parties were. is just getting underway. How the ex-mayor from Medellin will be able to counter petrismo and forge alliances and negotiate with foreign nations will determine his chances of success. He’ll need to unite the right, and also conquer the middle electorate that was apathetic and without a leader who was strong on Sunday. To accomplish this, he will have to keep from appearing in the same photo as Alvaro Umribe, which has been his strategy to date. The current open support for uribism is a first in 20 years. Instead of adding, it might subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe’s party. However, he will have to convince the center which has to make the final decision on where to go,” Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.

Fico made its first triumph this Monday on the path to a pledge of allegiance to the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was at one time a presidential candidate took a step back to acknowledge the few chances he had to compete with him. It will be interesting to check to see if the Uribismo group who was without a representative until Monday, will offer support. Uribe is seen clearly supporting and trying to convince his voters that he’s in favor of the Colombian right. about “security” as well as “order”, “opportunities”, and “love the fatherland” already demonstrated that he adds voters. This past Sunday, he confirmed this at the election consultation. The same thing happened while he was in Antioquia as the city’s mayor. He said, “The bandits were either dead or in prison,” while he was traveling to Arauca, a region which is particularly susceptible to violence. Fico is aware of what the Colombian right likes, but it will not suffice for Fico.

Basset stated that “We’re not in the years when the fear from the left was effective,” and that the electorate isn’t being swayed by the fear this time. The analyst claims that Fico could not be granted Uribe’s blessing due to the fact Alvaro Uribe has lost his entire leadership role since 2002 when the president was elected. Even though isn’t in the running, it does not mean Gutierrez can’t count on the votes of Uribismo. Uribism is also the reason for this win. Basset is now warning that his ability in negotiations will be measured. Andres Mesjia Vergnaud, analyst comments on Fico’s relationship with the former president: “The great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez’s desire for the support of Uribismo but without the photo of Uribe, because it doesn’t fit him to be his candidate.”

On the left, there is only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right is a man who is heading to the presidential race, unless Fico – – again, if he manages to convince him to resign and give him his support. Rodolfo Sanchez, who campaigned independently, remains in contention. Gutierrez should include on his list former Mayor Bucaramanga, a billionaire construction company owner who managed to do well in the elections due to his message against corruption in a humorous voice.

Gutierrez has a lot to sit down to negotiate before even considering names for his possible presidential plan however, what he has is the support of the other candidates who were vying for leadership in the Team for Colombia coalition. It’s not an insignificant amount. There are two former 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 vote from right-wing forces with more than two million votes. In addition, the U Party has shown sympathy towards the Conservative Party. They also received an impressive election, with less than one million votes in the legislative. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga’s backing, who refused to let the election of Sunday be lost in order to accept his defeat prior to a possible contest for votes from the right gives Fico an advantage in a conservative section but it also keeps him away from any votes that could come from the middle. The words of former President Alvaro Uribe says, who invited his party for a meeting on Tuesday is the most important factor to determine if Fico takes a risk to be a center-right candidate in exchange for being openly the Uribe’s blessing.