Fico Gutierrez and the danger of "Uribe’s presidential candidate"

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25 April 2022

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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for Colombia's presidency. Even though 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. He won more than 2 million votes with the Team for Colombia alliance. These voters place him as an ideal candidate for the right-wing movements. Fico (47-year-old Fico), as he's known as, is the primary rival of Gustavo Petro. He was in the Historic Pact, one of three candidates in the race that determined who would represent the three major political forces.

The presidential campaign has just begun and the fate of the former mayor of Medellin will depend on the alliances he creates and the talks he gets into. He'll have to unite the right, as well as conquer the middle electorate that was weak and devoid of a leader who was strong on Sunday. He would have to avoid the situation he has been in so been, from being in the same photograph with Alvaro Uribe. Today, for just the second time in 20 year, the open support of Uribism rather than adding might be a negative. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He needs to be a part of the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But he also has to convince the center that it is going to determine where it will move," Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario) says.

Fico's first conquest was made this Monday as it was moving towards an alliance with CD which is where uribism can be concentrated. was the candidate for the party's presidential bid. It will be fascinating to see if Uribismo's whole group, which is without a representative, follows in his footsteps. Uribe is able to demonstrate his support by being honest and convincing his voters with classic issues that are typical of the Colombian Right. He has already demonstrated that he could add votes with his speech on "security"," "order" and "love for the homeland". As he did during his stint in the Antioquia mayor's office He confirmed it in the consultation on elections. When he was on a recent trip to Arauca which has been difficult hit by violence He said that the bandits are locked up or dead. Fico is well-versed in the Colombian legal system, but that will not suffice.

Basset states, "We aren’t in 2018, where the fear of being left-wing worked well," Basset's analyst suggests that Fico might not get Uribe's approval due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe has been stripped of his leadership position since 2002 when Uribe was elected president. Even though isn't in the running, it does not necessarily mean Gutierrez can't count on the support of Uribismo. "This victory [winning in the coalition] is in part due to Uribism. Basset warns that right now, his negotiation skills are likely to be restricted. "To persuade the right to not spend everything on the alliance, will be his test." Andres Medjia Vergnaud commented on the relationship of the former president and Fico. "The great problem of Federico Gutierrez's relationship is that he wants Uribismo to vote for him, but without Uribe as a model and a persona, it's not a good fit for his style."

On the left there's only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right there is still an individual who is heading for the presidential election until Fico is able to negotiate, or in the event that he is able to negotiate - convinces him to step aside and give him his support. Rodolfo Hernandez remains running despite having launched his campaign independently. of Bucaramanga builter and millionaire who has been able to present himself well in the polls due to his speech against corruption with a humorous tone and is a candidate Gutierrez must include on his list of accomplishments if he wants to give the fight to petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even considering names for his potential presidential formula. However Gutierrez does have the support of the other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. It's not a small amount. Two mayors from the past, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are also with him. David Barguil is the leader of Conservative party. Aydee Lizarazo is a Christian party woman who votes according to the instructions of her church's lectern.

Along with the reformed Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing party in Congress with more than two million votes. The U Party also supported it, having an outstanding turnout of less than a million votes. The backing of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who did not let many hours pass following the results of Sunday's elections, to assume his defeat ahead of a possible battle for the right-wing votes, will give Fico a new push in the conservative wing however, it distances Fico from votes that could be cast from the middle. The words of former president Alvaro Uribe says, who invited his party to a meeting on Tuesday is the most important factor to determine in the event that Fico takes a risk to be a center-right candidate in exchange for being openly the blessed of Uribe.