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

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03 May 2022

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Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid choice for the presidency of Colombia. 's not the first time his name has appeared on the electoral ballot. In fact, he was both the councilor and mayor of Medellin. was his first national election. The Team for Colombia coalition won more than two million votes. They believe he could be a candidate for the right-wing movements. Fico (47 year old Medellin) is currently this moment, Gustavo Petro's main opposition. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the winning candidates in the elections that determined the representatives of the three largest political forces were.

The presidential election is just beginning , and whether the former mayor of Medellin manages to be the most effective counterweight to the petrismo will depend on the alliances and agreements which he will be able to forge from now on. will not only be expected to bring together the entire right under his leadership and also to conquer a section of the electorate in the center, which was deflated on Sunday without any extraordinary leadership. He will have to steer clear of his record of been, from being in the same photograph with Alvaro Uribe. For the first time in the past 20 years, open support for uribism is now possible be a good thing instead of reducing. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. has to form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) - Uribe's political party, but at the same time , he will have to convince the center that it will have to decide on where it is going," says Yann Basset an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico's first conquest was made on Monday, as the company moved towards an alliance with CD which is in which uribism is a prime target. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was at one time a presidential candidate, stepped aside to acknowledge his few opportunities of competing with him. We will now check to see if the Uribismo group who was without a representative since Monday, is willing to offer its support. Particularly when is willing to openly support and tries to convince his voters with the traditional concerns of the Colombian right, which is not that difficult for him. He has already proven that he can make a difference by making a speech regarding "security"," "order", and "love for the fatherland". He verified it this Sunday during the consultation on elections, as he did before when he was in the office of the mayor in the capital city of Antioquia, where he was famous as the sheriff of Medellin. On a recent visit to Arauca (an region which has been particularly impacted by violence) He said "The bandits are in prison or in graves." Fico knows what the Colombian rights like however that's not enough.

"We are not in 2018 when the fear of the left worked well, this time, the voters are not moved by fear," Basset points out. Basset says Fico might not receive Uribe’s blessing because of the fact that Alvaro Uribe does not represent the only leader that the country has had since 2002 which was the year that Uribe was elected president. It doesn't mean Uribismo's opinions, even if they are not in the top tier, do not matter to Gutierrez. In the case this Sunday, or in his bid to gain access to Medellin's mayor's post, Uribe supported Gutierrez even while he was a candidate for his party. Uribism is also responsible for this win in the coalition. Now his ability as a negotiator is measured by his ability to convince the right, but not to spend all of his money to build that alliance," Basset warns. Andres Mejia Vergnaud, an analyst, discusses the relationship between Fico and former president. "The most difficult thing for Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he would like Uribismo's vote however, he doesn't want Uribe's picture since it isn't a good fit to be his choice."

On the left there is only one candidate, Gustavo Petro, on the right, there's a man who is heading towards the presidential elections, unless Fico - again, in the event that he is able to negotiate - convinces him to step aside and give him his support. Rodolfo who ran as an independent, is still in contention. Gutierrez must mention the accomplishments of the former mayor of Bucaramanga and millionaire builder Rodolfo Hernandez, if is to fight petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even considering names for his presidential formula. However Gutierrez does have the backing of other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. It's not a small number of people. Two mayors from the past, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are with him; 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 forces for Congress with more than two million votes, it has the sympathy of the U Party, which also had an outstanding vote in the legislative , with just over a million votes. of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who did not let many hours pass following the results of Sunday's elections, to assume his defeat in the event of a potential confrontation with the right-wing votes, will give Fico an opportunity to gain momentum in a sector of conservatism and swayed him from votes that could be cast from the center. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide if he's willing to risk his chance at the center in order to enjoy the privilege of being the blessed by Uribe.
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