Fico Gutierrez and the danger of coming to recognize himself as "Uribe's candida

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20 May 2022

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Since the election on Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the strongest. While it's not the first time his name appears on an electoral card - he has been mayor and councilor in Medellin - his first test during a national vote, where he achieved more than 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, they consider him to be a desired candidate of the conservative parties or those who are frightened about an open-minded presidency. Fico (47-year-old Fico), who is his name is the principal rival to Gustavo Petro. He was as part of the Historic Pact, one of three winners in the election that determined who would represent the three most powerful forces in politics.

The presidential election has only started. Whether Medellin's former mayor will be able to become the ultimate counterweight against petrismo will be contingent on the alliances are formed and the talks that he holds. It is not enough to unify all right-wing voters under his banner, but will also have to conquer an element of the electorate in the center that, on Sunday, was broken and lacking in leadership. He will have to steer clear of, as he has so thus far, appearing in the same photo alongside Alvaro Uribe. The current open support for uribism is the first in the last 20 years. Instead of adding, it could subtract. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He is required to be a part of the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But he also has to convince the center that it can determine where it will take the center," Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario) says.

On the way to an alliance with the CD which is where uribism is the most prevalent issue, this Monday Fico has already achieved its first conquest. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was an aspirant to the presidency, stepped aside to acknowledge his few opportunities of competing with him. We will now have to see if the entire Uribismo collective who is without a representative, does the same. Uribe is able to demonstrate his support by being open and convincing his voters with classic issues that are typical of the Colombian Right. Already, his address on "security", order" and "opportunities" of our country has shown that Uribe is gaining votes. He confirmed this on Sunday during the election consultation the same way he did in Antioquia's municipal offices, in which he was also known as the sheriff of Medellin. While on to Arauca (an area that has been particularly hit by violence) Fico said "The bandits are in prison or in the grave." Fico is well conscious of the Colombian right's choices but that doesn't suffice for him.

Basset claims that we're not in 2018 when the fear of a left worked well. "This time the people don't feel fear." Basset says Fico would not be able to get Uribe's blessing even if the Alvaro Uribe figure isn't the one that the nation has been accustomed to since 2002, when Uribe became the president. Although this does not mean that the votes of Uribismo even if they are below the table, are not indispensable to Gutierrez such as what happened on Sunday or as happened in his first attempt to get into the office of the mayor of Medellin, when Uribe supported him even over the candidate from his party. Uribism helped in the win of the coalition. Basset warns "Now his ability as an negotiator (winning in the coalition] will be judged by his ability to convince the right people, and not to invest all on the alliance." In relation to this alliance between the former president and Fico, the analyst Andres Mejia Vergnaud remarks "the biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo, but without the image of Uribe since it doesn't suit him to be his candidate".

Gustavo Petro is the only leader on the left However, Gustavo Petro is the only one on the right. Fico, if he can negotiate, will convince him to provide his backing and then quit. Rodolfo Hernandez, who launched independently, is in the race. Gutierrez must mention the accomplishments of former Bucaramanga mayor Bucaramanga and millionaire builder, Rodolfo Hernandez, if intends to combat petrismo.

Gutierrez has a lot to sit down to negotiate before even considering names for his potential presidential plan however, what he has is the support of the other candidates who were vying for the top spot in the Team for Colombia coalition. This isn't a small number. 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 named Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of an Christian party, who usually votes judiciously as ordered from the lectern in his church.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and was the party that won the most right-wing vote of more than 2 million votes. The Conservative Party also enjoys the support of the U Party. This party was able to win a rousing vote in legislative with just over 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to help Fico. He didn't go home from Sunday's election without taking the opportunity to play down his defeat and stay clear of a fight for votes with the right. This provides Fico an edge in a specific area of conservatism. But this also shields him from votes that could come from the center. What former President Alvaro Uribe says, who called his party to a meeting on Tuesday and will be the final factor to determine whether Fico takes a risk for a moderate position in exchange for being openly the Uribe's blessing.
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