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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for Colombia’s presidency. It’s not the first time that his name has appeared on an electoral ballot. In , 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 believe he could be a candidate of the conservative movement. Fico (47-year-old Fico), who is his name, is the main opposition of Gustavo Petro. He was as part of the Historic Pact, one of three winners in the election that determined who would represent the three major political parties.

The presidential campaign is only starting. Whether the ex-mayor of Medellin can be the true counterweight to petrismo depends on the alliances and agreements which he develops from now on. He’ll need to not just unite the whole right, but also take on only a tiny portion of the center electorate which was disintegrated on Sunday. To achieve this, he’ll have to continue to avoid appearing in the same photograph as Alvaro Umribe, which he did so far. Today, for only the second time in 20 year that he has been openly endorsed by Uribism instead of adding could reduce. ” faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe’s political party. But he must also convince the center which has to decide on where the alliance goes,” Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.

As it moves towards joining forces with the CD in the region where uribism is the most prevalent issue, this Monday Fico has already achieved its first conquest. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was previously the presidential aspirant, stepped aside to admit that he has a few opportunities of competing with him. We will now examine if the entire Uribismo group that was without a representative until Monday, is willing to offer its support. Uribe could show his support by being honest and convincing the electorate of traditional issues that are typical of the Colombian Right. His remarks of “security” and ‘order opportunities’ and ‘love for fatherland’ already showed that Uribe adds votes. Like he did during his time in Antioquia’s mayor’s office and he confirmed this with the consultation on elections. He said, “The bandits were either in prison or grave,” while he was traveling to Arauca, a region that is particularly vulnerable to violence. is conscious of the Colombian right’s choices, but that will not suffice for him.

“We aren’t in the year the year 2018, when the fear of left was effective, but this time the electorate is not moved by fear,” Basset points out. According to the analyst it is evident that the profile of Alvaro Uribe is not one of the leaders which the country has seen since 2002, when Uribe was elected president for the first time. Also, that his party that is the CD has been through a rough patch which could result in Fico not receive at the very least, Uribe’s support. Although Uribismo isn’t in the running, it does not necessarily mean that Gutierrez isn’t able to count on the votes of Uribismo. Uribism is also responsible for the victory in the coalition. Basset warns that his ability to negotiate will now be measured. He has to convince the right but not entirely on the alliance. Andres Mesjia Vergnaud, an analyst comments on Fico’s relationship with former president Uribe: “The great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez’s desire to win the support of Uribismo without the image of Uribe, because it doesn’t make sense for him to be his candidate.”

Gustavo Petro is left-leaning, however, Gustavo Petro is right-leaning. However, Fico – if he can negotiate and persuade Gustavo Petro to support him. Rodolfo Hern├índez, who was independent, is still running. Former mayor of Bucaramanga, a builder and millionaire, who has succeeded in positioning himself well in the polls thanks to his anti-corruption stance with a humorous tone, is a man that Gutierrez will have to include on his list of accomplishments in order to win the fight to petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to talk about before even considering names for his presidential formula, but what he already has is the backing of other candidates who were vying to be the leader of the Team for Colombia coalition. It is not little. He has by his side two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and an individual woman, Aydee Lizarazo, of the Christian party, who normally is a judicious voter, as directed at the lectern of his church.

Apart from the stronger Conservative Party (which won the most votes of right-wing groups for Congress and more than two millions votes), it also enjoys the support and sympathy of U Party, which had an impressive vote in the legislative with just under 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga did NOT wait for Sunday’s results to announce his loss. What former president Alvaro Uribe says, who called his party to a gathering on Tuesday, will be the definitive information needed to decide if Fico risks his chances for a moderate position by being the Uribe’s blessing.