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Since the night of Sunday Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for the presidency of Colombia. Although this isn’t the first time his name is mentioned on electoral cards – he was a Medellin mayor and councilor in the past – it was his first run to win a national vote. With more than two million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance, they consider him an attractive candidate for conservative groups and those who are concerned about the leftist presidency. Fico (47 years old) is now the most prominent opposition of Gustavo Petro. His victory through the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most well-known political figures in Colombia.

The presidential campaign just began and the fate of former Medellin mayor of Medellin will depend on the alliances he builds and the agreements he enters into. He won’t be expected to bring all the right-wing forces under his control as well as take on a portion of voters in the center that was deflated on Sunday without any remarkable leadership. To achieve this it will be necessary to continue avoiding, as he has done to date by not appearing in the same photograph with former President Alvaro Uribe. Today, for the second time in 20 year, the open support of Uribism rather than adding might subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. must make an alliance, Uribe’s side, with the Democratic Center. However, he has to convince Uribe and the center, which will have to decide its future direction.” Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

As it moves towards an alliance with the CD which is in which uribism is the most prevalent issue This Monday Fico has already achieved its first conquest. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was an aspirant to the presidency took a step back to acknowledge his few opportunities of competing with him. We will now see if the entire Uribismo group – that is without an elected representative does the same. Uribe could be a good example by being transparent and convincing his voters with traditional issues of the Colombian Right. Already, his remarks about “security” as well as “order”, opportunities and love of our country has shown that Uribe is gaining votes. He confirmed it on Sunday during the consultation on elections the same way he had done before when he worked in the municipal office of the capital of Antioquia, where he was known as the sheriff of Medellin. While on to Arauca (an region that has been particularly affected by violence), he stated “The bandits are locked up or in the grave.” Fico is very aware of the Colombian right’s preferred positions, but that will not suffice for him.

Basset declares, “We aren’t in 2018 where the fear of the Left performed well.” Analysts say that Fico may not receive Uribe’s approval due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe has lost his absolute leadership role from 2002, when he was elected president. This does not mean that Uribismo’s votes, even if they are not in the top tier, do not matter to Gutierrez. In the case on Sunday, or when he tried to get into Medellin’s Mayor’s Office, Uribe supported Gutierrez even when he was the presidential candidate of his party. “This victory [winning in the coalition] is in part because of Uribism. Now as a negotiator will be measured: to convince the right but not to spend all of his money to build that alliance,” Basset warns. Andres Mejia vergnaud, an analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and former president. “The biggest problem to Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he wants Uribismo’s votes, but without Uribe’s photo since it isn’t a good fit to be his presidential nominee.”

On the left, there is only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right, there’s one man that is headed for the presidential election until Fico – – again, if he manages to reach an agreement – convinces him to step aside and offer him support. Rodolfo Hernández, an independent, is running. Gutierrez will be able to boast an impressive list of achievements to include the ex-mayor of Bucaramanga who is a builder and millionaire.

Gutierrez is likely to have lots to negotiate before he thinks about potential formulas for the presidency. However, what Gutierrez does have is the support and cooperation of the other candidates in the Team for Colombia presidency. This isn’t a small number. Two ex-mayors Enrique Penalosa(Bogota), and Alex Char (Barranquilla), are on his side. David Barguil, the leader and founder of the Conservative party is with Aydee Zarazo, Aydee Lizarazo, a member of the Christian Party, who frequently votes in accordance to his church’s orders.

In addition to the resurgence of the 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 had an outstanding election in the legislature, winning just over a million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to help Fico. did not leave Sunday’s elections without taking the time to deny his defeat in order to keep out of a battle for votes of those on the left. This provides Fico some momentum in a specific area of conservatism. But shields him from votes that could come from the center. Alvaro Uribe from the past and who invited his party to a meeting on Tuesday night, suggested that Fico might risk the possibility of becoming a center-party leader in exchange for being publicly in love with Uribe.