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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez is the most stable candidate for president in Colombia. This is not his first time appearing in an electoral roll. The former mayor was a councilor and mayor in Medellin. The first time he was tested during a national election, where he received more than two million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, saw him placed as an ideal candidate for conservative movements. Fico (47 year aged Medellin) is at this time, Gustavo Petro’s main opposition. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the top candidates in the election that decided who the representatives of the three most powerful political forces were.

The presidential campaign is just getting underway. How former Mayor Medellin can counter petrismo and forge alliances and negotiate with other nations will determine his chances of success. will have to not only unify the entire right, but also take on just a tiny fraction of the centre electorate that has been shattered on Sunday. He’ll have to maintain his distance from the previous president Alvaro Urbine, something that is not something he’s done in the past. Today, the support for uribism has been expressed in a public manner. It is now possible to subtract instead of add this is the first time this has been done in the last 20 years. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He needs to make an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s political party, but at the same time he must convince the center that it is required to decide where it is heading,” says Yann Basset an researcher and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico, which is a coalition partner with the CD where uribism is the main focus, has had its first triumph on the way to an alliance. The party’s candidate up until Monday, former president candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took his leave, acknowledged his limited chances of competing with him and gave his support. We now need to see if the entire Uribismo collective that is without a representative, does the same. Uribe is likely to openly support his candidate and persuade his voters by presenting the traditional issues that make up the Colombian left. This should not be an issue for Uribe. Already, his address on “security” and “order” opportunities, and the love of the country showed Uribe is adding votes. This Sunday, he verified it at the electoral consultation. did this before when he was in Antioquia as the mayor. While in Arauca in Colombia, which is a particularly violent area Fico claimed that “the bandits in jail” or “in a grave”. Fico knows what Colombian rights like, but that won’t be enough.

Basset states that we are not in 2018 when the fear of a left was effective. “This time the people don’t feel fear.” Basset suggests that Fico may not get Uribe’s approval due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe isn’t the only leader that the country has had since 2002 at the time Uribe was elected president. Although this does not mean that Uribismo’s votes Uribismo regardless of whether they are below the table, are not indispensable to Gutierrez such as what happened on Sunday, or in his first effort to gain access to the office of the mayor of Medellin, when Uribe was a supporter of him, even more than the candidate of his party. Uribism was also a factor in this win. Basset warns that his ability as negotiator is likely to be constrained. “To convince the right, but not to spend all of his money on this alliance, is his measure.” On this relationship between former President Uribe and Fico the analyst Andres Mejia Vergnaud explains “the greatest challenge for Federico Gutierrez is that he wants the votes of Uribismo however, he is not able to get the photo with Uribe since it doesn’t suit him to be his candidate”.

While on the left there is only one candidate, Gustavo Petro, on the right, there’s an individual who is heading for the presidential election until Fico – again, if he manages to convince him to resign and offer him support. Rodolfo Hernandez, who ran independently, is in the race. Gutierrez will be able to boast a list of accomplishments including the former mayor of Bucaramanga who is an architect and millionaire.

Gutierrez has a lot to talk about before even thinking about names for his potential presidential strategy, but what he already has is the support of the other candidates who were vying for leadership in the Team for Colombia coalition. This isn’t a small number. Two former mayors Enrique Penalosa(Bogota), and Alex Char (Barranquilla), are at his side. David Barguil, the leader and the founder of the Conservative party is along with Aydee Zarazo, Aydee Lizarazo of a Christian Party, who often is a spokesman for his church’s guidelines.

In addition to the strengthened Conservative Party – it achieved the biggest vote of right-wing forces for Congress with more than two million votes, it is also backed by the U Party, which also had an outstanding vote in the legislative , with more than one million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga supported Fico and didn’t take for too long after the elections on Sunday to accept his defeat in front of a possible confrontation with the votes for the right. However, this will give Fico an extra push in a segment of conservatism but keeps him far from the middle. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide whether he wants to risk his chances at the center for the privilege of being the fortunate recipient of Uribe’s blessings.