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Since the night of Sunday Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for Colombia’s presidency. Although it is not the first time his name is on an electoral card – he has been a councilor and mayor of Medellin – his first test in a presidential election, where he achieved more than two million votes within the Team for Colombia coalition, they place him as an ideal candidate for the conservative movements or those who feel scared by the thought of the possibility of a leftist president. (Medellin 47 years old) or as he’s known, is from last night and currently, the main adversary of Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the top three candidates on the day of the election that established who will be the representatives of the three major political parties.

The presidential campaign is just beginning and the fate of the former mayor in Medellin is contingent on the alliances he builds and the talks he gets into. He will not only need to unify all right-wing voters under his banner, but he will also have to conquer an element of the electorate in the center that appeared to be broken and lacking in leadership. To accomplish this, he will have to ensure that he does not appear in the same picture as Alvaro Umribe. This is what has been his strategy to date. Today, for the first-time in 20 years, open support for uribism is now possible rather than subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He needs to make an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s party – but in the meantime, he must convince the center that it is required to decide where it is going,” says Yann Basset, expert and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico that is a coalition with the CD where uribism is a major issue, has achieved its first victory on the way to an alliance. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was the candidate for the party’s presidential run. Now it will be interesting to see if Uribismo’s whole group that is without a representative, follows his example. Uribe is likely to support his candidate in public and persuade his voters through his presentation of the issues that are part of the Colombian left. This should not be an issue for him. His remarks of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of our country” already showed him that he has the ability to increase votes. As he did during his time in Antioquia’s mayor’s office He confirmed it in the electoral consultation. While in Arauca in Colombia, one of the most violent regions, Fico said that “the bandits were in prison” or “in the grave”. Fico knows very well what Colombian law is fond of. However, it’s not enough for him.

Basset says, “We aren’t in 2018 when the fear of the left has worked well,” Basset’s analyst suggests that Fico might not get Uribe’s blessing because Alvaro Uribe has lost his absolute leadership role from 2002, when he was elected president. does not mean that Uribismo’s vote, regardless of whether they do not match the criteria, do not matter to Gutierrez. As was on Sunday or in his bid to get into Medellin’s Mayor’s Office, Uribe supported Gutierrez even while he was a candidate for the party. Uribism is also the reason for the victory. Basset warns “Now his skill as a negotiator [winning in the coalition] will be assessed by his ability to convince the right people, and not spend the entire time on the alliance.” Andres Medjia Vergnaud remarked about the relationship between the former president and Fico. “The most difficult issue of Federico Gutierrez’s relationship is that he wants Uribismo to support him, but without Uribe as a photo, it doesn’t suit his style.”

Gustavo Petro (left) is the sole leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is still the man who is preparing for the presidential election unless Fico (if negotiates) persuades Fico to let him go and offer him his support. Rodolfo Sanchez, who campaigned independently, is still in the running. The former mayor of Bucaramanga who is a builder and millionaire who has been able to present himself well in the polls thanks to his anti-corruption speech in a light-hearted language, is a man that Gutierrez will have to include on his list of achievements if he wants to give the battle to petrismo.

Gutierrez has a lot to discuss before even considering names for his potential presidential plan, 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’s not all that. He has by his side two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and one woman, Aydee Lizarazo, of the Christian party, who usually is a judicious voter, as directed from the lectern in his church.

The Conservative Party has been strengthened by receiving the biggest vote from right-wing forces with more that two million votes. Additionally, the U Party has shown sympathy for the Conservative Party. They also have a strong vote, less than one million votes, for the legislative. The support of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who has not allowed a lot of time to pass after Sunday’s elections in order to accept his defeat ahead of a possible battle for the votes of the right, provides Fico a new push within the conservatism sector however, it distances him a little more from votes that could be cast from the center. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party for a meeting on Monday, to see if Fico is willing to risk his chance of being a center-right candidate in exchange for being publicly blessed by Uribe.