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Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid choice for Colombia’s presidency. Even though ‘s not the first time that his name appears on an electoral document – in fact, he was a councilor and mayor of Medellin and his first attempt in a national election that he won more than two million votes within the Team for Colombia coalition, they consider him to be an ideal candidate for the conservative groups or those who are scared when they think of an open-minded presidency. Fico (47 years old) is now the main opponent of Gustavo Petro. in the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most well-known political figures in Colombia.

The presidential campaign is just getting underway. The way the former mayor from Medellin will be able to counter petrismo and forge alliances and negotiate with other countries will determine his success. He must not only unite the entire right but also conquer only a tiny portion of the centre electorate that has been shattered on Sunday. He will need to keep his distance from former President Alvaro Urbine, something that is not something he’s done in the past. For the first time in the past 20 years, open support for uribism is now possible instead of subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must make an alliance, Uribe’s side and the Democratic Center. However, Gutierrez must convince Uribe and the center, which is the one to determine its course,” Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico made its first triumph this Monday on the way to an allegiance with the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was at one time a presidential candidate, stepped aside to acknowledge his few opportunities of competing with him. The next step is to see whether the entire Uribismo, which was left without one and a single candidate, will support him. Particularly in the event that Uribe is willing to openly support and attempts to convince his voters with the traditional issues of the Colombian right, something that is not that difficult for Uribe. His speech of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of the fatherland” has already shown him that he has the ability to increase votes. This past Sunday, he confirmed it at the electoral consultation. The same thing happened while in Antioquia as mayor. stated, “The bandits were either in prison or grave,” while he was traveling to Arauca which is a region that is particularly vulnerable to violence. Fico is very conscious of the Colombian right’s preferences but that doesn’t suffice for him.

Basset claims that we’re not in 2018 when the fear of a left was effective. “This time, the electorate does not have the fear.” Basset says Fico might not be able to receive Uribe’s blessing because of the fact that Alvaro Uribe isn’t the absolute leader the country has had since 2002 at the time Uribe was elected president. The vote of Uribismo remain important to Gutierrez. Uribism contributed to the victory of the coalition. Basset warns “Now his ability as an negotiator (winning in the coalition] will be measured: to convince right, and not to invest all on this alliance.” Andres Mejia Vergnaud, analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and former president. “The great difficulty for Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he would like Uribismo’s vote but not Uribe’s image since it isn’t a good fit to be his presidential nominee.”

Gustavo Petro (left) is the only leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is the only candidate heading towards the presidential election unless Fico (if he negotiates – convinces Fico to let him go and offer the support he needs. Rodolfo Sanchez, who ran on his own, is still in the race. Gutierrez must include former Bucaramanga mayor, millionaire and builder in his list of accomplishments in order to stop the petrismo.

Gutierrez is likely to have lots to talk about before thinking about potential presidential formula names. But what Gutierrez does have is the support and cooperation of the other candidates in the Team for Colombia presidency. This isn’t just a small number of. He is surrounded by two former mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and a woman, Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of a Christian party, who usually makes judicious decisions based on the instructions from the lectern in his church.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and was the party that won the most right-wing vote, with over two million votes. It also has the backing of the U Party. This party had an outstanding legislative vote with less than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to support Fico. He didn’t go home from Sunday’s election without taking the time to play down his defeat and avoid a confrontation for the votes of the right. This gives Fico an edge in a particular area of conservatism. But it also keeps him away from votes that could come from the centre. The declaration of Alvaro Uribe, the former president, who called his party for a meeting Tuesday, will establish whether Fico will be willing to give up his chances in the center to become the openly Uribe that is blessed.