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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential contender for Colombia. Although it’s not the first time that his name appears on an electoral card – he was previously the Medellin mayor and councilor in the past – this is his first time at a national election. With more than two million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance they believe he is a desirable candidate for conservative groups and those who are concerned about the leftist presidency. Fico (47 year aged Medellin) is at the time, Gustavo Petro’s main opposition. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the winning candidates in the election that decided who were the leaders of the three biggest political forces.

The presidential campaign just begun. The question of whether Medellin’s former mayor can become the real opposition to petrismo is dependent on the alliances that are formed and the talks that he conducts. He won’t be expected to bring together the whole right under his control and also to be able to win over a segment of the electorate at the center which was deflated on Sunday without any extraordinary leadership. To do this it will be necessary to avoid, as he has done so far appearing in the same photo with the former president Alvaro Uribe. For the first time in 20 years, there is an open acceptance of uribism instead of adding, can subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He’ll need to create an alliance to the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe’s political party. But he also has to convince the center which has to decide on where the alliance goes,” Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.

Fico, which is in coalition with the CD in which uribism is a major issue, has achieved its first conquest on the road to an alliance. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stepped aside and acknowledged his inability to compete with him. He provided his support. Now it will be interesting to see if Uribismo’s entire group, which is now without a representative, follows in his footsteps. Uribe is able to show his support by being honest and convincing his voters with traditional questions that are typical of the Colombian Right. The speech he delivered about “security”, “order”, “opportunities”, and “love the land” has already demonstrated that he adds voters. Similar to what he said during his stint in the Antioquia mayor’s office and he confirmed this with the consultation on elections. He stated, “The bandits were either in jail or in grave,” while he was visiting Arauca, a region which is particularly susceptible to violence. Fico is well-versed in the Colombian legal system, but this is not enough.

“We aren’t in the year 2018 when the fear of left worked well, this time, the voters are not moved by fear,” Basset points out. Basset argues that Fico may not be able to get Uribe’s blessing, due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe is no longer a holder of the title of the absolute leader since 2002, the year that the nation elected him president. However, this doesn’t mean that Uribismo’s votes Uribismo, even if they are below the table, are not indispensable to Gutierrez, as happened this Sunday, or in his first attempt to reach the city’s mayor’s office in Medellin, when Uribe did not hesitate to support him over the candidate from his party. ” [winning in the coalition] is also because of Uribism. Basset warns that now his abilities as a negotiator are likely to be restricted. “To convince the right, but to not spend everything on the alliance, will be his test.” Andres Medjia Vergnaud commented about the relationship between the former president with Fico. “The great problem of Federico Gutierrez’s is that he would like Uribismo to vote for him, but without Uribe as a model and a persona, it’s not a good fit for him.” is left-leaning, and Gustavo Petro is right-leaning. However, Fico – if he can negotiate to persuade Gustavo Petro to support him. Rodolfo Hernández, an uninvolved, is still in contest. Former mayor of Bucaramanga builter and millionaire, who has been able to present himself effectively in the polls, thanks to his anti-corruption speech in a lighthearted manner, is a man that Gutierrez will have to include in his list of accomplishments in order to win the fight to petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even thinking about names for his presidential formula. However, he does have the support of other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. It’s not just a little. Two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are in his presence; David Barguil is the leader of the Conservative party. Aydee Lizarazo is a Christian party woman who casts her vote in accordance with the church’s lectern.

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 also has the support of the U Party, which also had an outstanding vote in the legislative with less than one million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga did NOT just wait for the results of Sunday to declare his defeat. Alvaro Uribe from the past, who called his party to a meeting Tuesday night, stated that Fico could risk his chances of becoming a centrist leader in exchange for being openly grateful to Uribe.