Fico Gutierrez: There is a risk of him being "Uribe's candidate."

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25 May 2022

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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate in Colombia. Although it's not the first time that his name is on election cards - he served as an elected Medellin mayor and councilor - this was his first attempt at a national election. With more than two millions votes cast in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance, they consider him an ideal candidate for conservative parties and those who are concerned about the leftist presidency. Fico (Medellin 47 years old) who is 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 would become the representatives of the three major political parties.

The presidential election is just getting underway. How former Mayor Medellin is able to counter petrismo and forge alliances with other countries will determine the success of his campaign. He will not only need to unify all right-wing voters under his banner, but will also need to win over a portion of the electorate in the center that has been, as of Sunday, demoralized and lacking leadership. He must avoid, as he has so been, from being photographed with Alvaro Uribe. Today's open support for uribism is the first in the last 20 years. Instead of adding, it might subtract. "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 achieved its first conquest this week on its way to an allegiance with the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stepped aside and acknowledged his limited chances of competing with him. He offered his assistance. We will now examine if the entire Uribismo group that was without a representative until Monday, offers its support. Uribe is likely to publicly support his candidate and convince his voters by presenting the traditional issues that make up the Colombian left. This shouldn't be a problem for him. He already proved that he could increase votes by his remarks on "security"," "order" as well as "love for the country of his fathers". He confirmed this with the electoral consult, just as previously at Antioquia's mayor office. While on a recent trip to Arauca that has been difficult hit by violence and terrorism, Fico stated that the bandits are either locked up or dead. Fico is well conscious of the Colombian right's preferred positions however that won't suffice for him.

Basset declares, "We aren't in 2018, when the fear of the Left was working well." Fico Gutierrez The analyst claims that Fico might not get Uribe's blessing because Alvaro Uribe has lost his leadership position since 2002 when Uribe was elected president. However, this doesn't mean that Uribismo's vote, regardless of whether they are not in the top tier don't matter to Gutierrez. As was the case on Sunday, or in his attempt to reach Medellin's mayor's office, Uribe supported Gutierrez even when he was the presidential candidate for his party. Fico Gutierrez Uribism was also instrumental in the victory (winning within the coalition). Basset warns "Now his skill as a negotiator in winning the coalition] will be measured in the ability to convince the right and not to spend all on that alliance." On this relationship between the former president and Fico, an expert Andres Mejia Vergnaud says "the biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo however, he is not able to get the photo with Uribe since it doesn't suit him to be his candidate".

On the left there's only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right, there's a man who is heading for the presidential election, unless Fico - - again, in the event that he is able to convince him to withdraw and support him. Rodolfo Hernandez, who contested the election independently, is still in the race. Gutierrez will have an impressive list of achievements including the former mayor of Bucaramanga who is an architect and millionaire.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even considering names for his potential presidential formula. But Gutierrez has the backing of other contenders for Team for Colombia leadership. It's not just little. Two ex-mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his associates. David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party) and Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who is a member of the church).

Along with the strengthened Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing group in Congress with over two million votes. The U Party also supported it, having an outstanding vote with just more than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to help Fico. He did not quit the elections on Sunday without taking the time to deny his defeat in order to keep out of a battle for votes of the right. This provides Fico an edge in a specific area of conservatism. However, it also prevents him from potential votes from the center. Alvaro Uribe from the past was the party's leader who summoned his party for a meeting Tuesday night, said that Fico could risk his chances of becoming a leader in the center party in exchange for being openly grateful to Uribe.
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