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Since Sunday night, Federico Fico Gutierrez is the most stable presidential candidate in Colombia. While his name appears in the electoral register for the first times that he was Medellin’s mayor and councilor it’s his first time in national elections. In , he received over 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia alliance. These voters place him as the most popular candidate of conservative groups. Fico (Medellin 47 years old) or as he’s called, has been as of last night and is right now, the main opponent of Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the main winners on the election day that defined who will be the representatives of the three main political forces.

The presidential campaign just started. Whether Medellin’s former mayor can be the true opposition to petrismo is dependent on the alliances that are formed and the talks that he conducts. He will not only have to unite the entire right to his name, but he will have to conquer a part of the electorate of the center, which was deflated on Sunday and without a remarkable leadership. He will need to keep his distance from former President Alvaro Urbine, which he has not done in the past. For in the past 20 years, open support for uribism may be a good thing instead of reducing. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He has to form an alliance with Uribe’s Democratic Center (CD), but he will also have convince Uribe’s central.

Fico made its first triumph this week on its route to joining the CD. (the former presidential candidate) left the stage and admitted his limited chances of competing with his. He provided his assistance. It will be interesting to check to see if the Uribismo group who was without a representative since Monday, is willing to offer its support. Uribe is seen clearly in support of the cause and trying to convince his voters that he supports the Colombian right. He already proved that he is able to increase votes by his remarks regarding “security”,” “order” and “love for the fatherland”. He proved this by an election consult, the same way previously in Antioquia’s Mayor Office. While visiting Arauca in Colombia, which is a particularly violent area, Fico said that “the bandits are in jail” or “in a grave”. Fico knows very well what Colombian law is fond of. But that won’t be enough for him.

Basset states, “We aren’t in 2018 in a time when the fear of the Left performed well.” According to Basset, it is evident that the profile of Alvaro Uribe is no longer that of the absolute leader that the country had seen in 2002 the time Uribe was elected president for the first time. Moreover, the fact that his own party known as the CD, is going through a bad moment, could make Fico avoid receiving or even openly Uribe’s blessing. The votes of Uribismo are still crucial to Gutierrez. Uribism contributed to the victory of the coalition. Basset warns that his ability to negotiate will be evaluated. He must convince the right but not entirely on this alliance. Concerning the relationship between the former president and Fico the analyst Andres Mejia Vergnaud says “the great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo, but without the picture with Uribe since it doesn’t make sense for him to be his candidate”.

Gustavo Petro (left) is the sole leader. Gustavo Petro (right) remains the one who is looking to win the presidency unless Fico (if he negotiates – convinces Fico to let him go and offer him his backing. Rodolfo Hernandez, who launched independently, is in contention. Gutierrez will be able to boast many accomplishments that include the former mayor of Bucaramanga who is a builder and millionaire.

Gutierrez has plenty of work ahead of him before he can even think of the names of the presidential formula. However, what Gutierrez already has is the support from the other candidates for the leadership of the Team for Colombia alliance. It’s not a small number of people. Two ex-mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his companions; David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party); and Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who is a member of the church).

The Conservative Party has been strengthened and has received the most vote from right-wing forces with more than 2 million votes. Furthermore the U Party has shown sympathy towards the Conservative Party. They also have a strong vote, just over one million votes for the legislative. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga did not wait for Sunday’s results to declare his defeat. The announcement of Alvaro Uribe, the former President, who summoned his party to a meeting Tuesday, will establish if Fico will sacrifice his chances to be a center-right candidate to be openly the blessed Uribe.