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Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid choice for Colombia’s presidency. It’s not the first time that his name has appeared on an electoral ballot. In fact, he was the city’s mayor and councilor in Medellin. It was his first national vote. The Team for Colombia coalition won more than two million votes. They consider him to be a candidate for the conservative movement. (47-year-old Fico), who is his name, is the main rival of Gustavo Petro. He was as part of the Historic Pact, one of three candidates in the race which determined who would be the three most powerful political forces.

The presidential campaign has just started. The question of whether Medellin’s former mayor can become the real counterweight against petrismo will be dependent on the alliances that he creates and the negotiations that he holds. He will need to unify the right as well as conquer the middle electorate, which was apathetic and without an effective leader on Sunday. To accomplish this, he’ll need to keep from appearing in the same photograph as Alvaro Umribe. This is what he did so far. Today, the public’s support for uribsm has been openly expressed. It is now possible to subtract rather than add, which is the first time it has occurred in 20 years. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He needs to make an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s party – but at the same time , he is going to have to persuade the center that it has to decide where it’s heading,” says Yann Basset, researcher and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico is on the way to an alliance, along with CD, which is the centre of uribism as of Monday Fico is already preparing for its first conquest. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was the candidate of the party’s presidential run. We now need to determine if the whole Uribismo collective, which has been left without a representation, does the same. Uribe is seen clearly in support of the cause and trying to convince his supporters that he is a supporter of the Colombian right. delivered about “security”, “order”, “opportunities”, and “love the land” has already demonstrated that he adds voters. He confirmed it this Sunday at the electoral consulting the same way he did when he was at Antioquia’s mayor’s offices, where there was also a name for him: the sheriff from Medellin. On a recent visit to Arauca (an region that has been particularly affected by violence), he stated “The bandits are in prison or are in graves.” Fico is very aware of the Colombian right’s preferences, but that will not suffice for Fico.

“We are not in 2018, when the fear of left was effective, but this time, the voters are not affected by fear,” Basset points out. says Fico could not get Uribe’s blessing in the event that the Alvaro Uribe figure isn’t the one the country has known since 2002, when Uribe became the president. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Uribismo votes are not enough to Gutierrez. This could be because they’re lower than table. Uribism helped in the win of the coalition. Basset warns that right now, his ability as negotiator is going to be constrained. “To persuade the right not to invest all his resources in this alliance, is his measure.” Andres Medjia Vergnaud commented about the relationship between the former president and Fico. “The most difficult issue of Federico Gutierrez’s is that he would like Uribismo to support the president, but with Uribe as a photo, it doesn’t suit the man.”

While on the left there is only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right there is still one man that is headed for the presidential election until Fico – again, should he be able to reach an agreement – convinces him to step aside and offer him support. Rodolfo who ran as an independent remains in the race. Gutierrez must mention the accomplishments of former Bucaramanga mayor Bucaramanga and millionaire builder, Rodolfo Hernandez, if he intends to combat petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to negotiate before even considering names for his potential presidential formula. But Gutierrez does have the support of other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. This isn’t a small number. Two former mayors Enrique Penalosa(Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla), are with him. David Barguil, the leader and the founder of the Conservative party, is with Aydee Zarazo, Aydee Lizarazo, a member of the Christian Party, who often is a spokesman for his church’s guidelines.

In addition to the strengthened Conservative Party – it achieved the most votes of the right-wing elements for Congress with over two million votes -, it is also backed by the U Party, which also enjoyed a strong vote in the legislative with more than 1 million votes. who refused to let the election of Sunday go by in order to accept his loss before a possible contest for votes from the right gives Fico a boost in a section of conservatism but it also keeps him away from potential votes from the center. The announcement of Alvaro Uribe, the former President, which summoned his party to a meeting Tuesday, will determine whether Fico will be willing to give up his chances in the center to openly proclaim himself to be the Uribe who is blessed.