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As of Sunday night, Federico Fico Gutierrez is the most stable candidate for president in Colombia. While his name appears on the electoral roll for the first times as Medellin’s mayor and councilor it’s his first time in national elections. He won more than 2 million votes through the Team for Colombia alliance. These voters place him as an ideal candidate for conservative groups. Fico (Medellin 47 years old) who is known, is from last night and currently is the primary opposition to Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the top three candidates on the day of elections that determined who will be the representatives of the three major political parties.

The presidential election has only begun. The question of whether Medellin’s former mayor will be able to become the ultimate counterweight against petrismo will be dependent on the alliances that create and the discussions which he engages in. Not only will he be expected to bring the whole right under his command and also to take on a portion of voters in the center, which has been slashed on Sunday without any extraordinary leadership. He must avoid, as he has so been, from being in the same photo alongside Alvaro Uribe. Today, for the first time in the past 20 years, open support for uribism is now possible rather than subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He needs to make an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s party – but in the meantime, he must persuade the center that it is required to decide where it’s going,” says Yann Basset an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico is on its path to forming an alliance along with CD, the heart of uribism as of Monday Fico is already preparing for its first victory. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga the former president-elect, chose to step down, recognized his few options of competing against him, and offered his support. We will now have to determine if the whole Uribismo group that is without a representative, will do the same. Especially if Uribe is willing to openly support and attempts to convince his voters with the classic issues of the Colombian right, which will not be so difficult for him. His remarks of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of the fatherland” already showed him that he adds votes. He confirmed this on Sunday at the electoral consulting, as he did previously in Antioquia’s office of the mayor, where there was also a name for him: the sheriff from Medellin. He said, “The bandits were either in prison or grave,” while he was visiting Arauca which is a region which is particularly susceptible to violence. Fico knows exactly what Colombian law prefers. However, ‘s not enough for him.

Basset declares, “We aren’t in 2018, when the fear of the Left was working well.” The analyst claims that Fico may not receive Uribe’s blessing due to the fact Alvaro Uribe has lost his absolute leadership role from 2002, when the president was elected. The vote of Uribismo are still crucial to Gutierrez. “This victory [winning in the coalition] is in part because of Uribism. Basset warns that now his abilities as a negotiator are going to be constrained. “To convince the right, but to not spend all of his money on the alliance, will be his goal.” Andres Medjia Vergnaud remarked on the relationship between the former president with Fico. “The most difficult issue of Federico Gutierrez’s relationship is that he wants Uribismo to vote for his candidate, but without Uribe as a photo, it doesn’t suit his style.”

While on the left there’s only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right, there’s a man who is heading towards the presidential elections until Fico is able to negotiate, or if he manages to negotiate – convinces him to withdraw and give him his support. Rodolfo Hernandez, who contested the election independently, is still in contention. should include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga who is a billionaire builder who managed to win in polls because of his speech against corruption using a light-hearted voice.

Gutierrez has lots of work to complete before he even considers the names of his presidential formula. What Gutierrez already has is backing of the other candidates running for the leadership of the Team for Colombia alliance. It’s not too much. The two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa of Bogota and Alex Char of Barranquilla; the leader of the Conservative party David Barguil and Aydee Zarazo who is who is a Christian leader of the party, who vote judiciously according to the instructions from the lectern at his church.

In addition to the resurgence of the Conservative Party – it achieved the largest vote of the right-wing elements for Congress with more than two million votes – it has the sympathy of the U Party, which also received a rousing vote in the legislative with less than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga did not have to wait until the results of Sunday’s election to declare his defeat. What says, who called his party for a meeting on Tuesday, will be the definitive information needed to decide in the event that Fico risks his chances in the center in exchange for being openly the blessing of Uribe.