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

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08 May 2022

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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the most powerful. It's not the first time that his name has appeared on the electoral ballot. In fact, he was both the mayor and councilor of Medellin. It was his first national vote. for Colombia coalition won more than two million votes. They consider him to be a candidate of the conservative movements. Fico (Medellin 47 years old) or as he's known, is from last night and at the moment, the main opposition to Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the top three candidates on the election day that defined who will be the representatives of the three major political parties.

The presidential election is just starting. How the ex-mayor from Medellin can fight petrismo and form alliances with other nations will determine his chances of success. He'll need to not just unite the whole right, but also win over a small portion of the middle electorate, which has been shattered on Sunday. To accomplish this, he'll have to keep from appearing in the same photograph as Alvaro Umribe, which was his practice up to this point. Today, for the first time in the past 20 years, there is an open support of uribism, instead of adding, could subtract. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. needs to join the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But has to convince the center that it is going to determine where it will move," Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at University of Rosario) says.

Fico is on its journey to join forces along with CD, which is the centre of uribism as of Monday, Fico is already preparing for its first conquest. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) left the stage and admitted his inability to compete with him. He offered his assistance. Now , will be interesting to see if the entire group who is without a representative, follows his lead. Especially if Uribe gives his support openly and tries to convince his electorate with the most basic concerns of the Colombian right, something that should not be a problem for him. The speech he delivered of "security", 'order opportunities, and love of the country' have already demonstrated that Uribe adds votes. Similar to what he said during his stint in the Antioquia mayor's office, he confirmed it with the election consultation. "The bandits in jail or in a grave"" he said recently during a trip to Arauca, an area especially affected by violence. Fico is aware of what Colombian rights are however that's not enough.

Basset declares, "We aren't in 2018 in a time when the fear of the Left performed well." Analysts say that Fico may not receive Uribe’s blessing because Alvaro Uribe has lost his entire leadership role since 2002 when the president was elected. But this does not mean that the votes of Uribismo regardless of whether they are below the table aren't important to Gutierrez, as happened this Sunday or during his first attempt to reach the office of the mayor of Medellin and the city of Medellin, where Uribe was a supporter of him, even more than the candidate from his party. Uribism was also a factor in the victory. Basset warns that Basset's capability in negotiations will be analyzed. Andres Méjia Vergnaud discusses the relationship between Fico's former president and Fico. He states that Federico Gutierrez wants Uribismo votes but not Uribe photographs because it's not appropriate for Fico to be his presidential candidate.

Gustavo Petro is the only left-wing leader However, Gustavo Petro is the only one on the right. Fico, if he is able to negotiate, can convince him to give his support and to take a step back. Rodolfo Hernandez remains in the race despite having launched his campaign independently. Gutierrez should include on his list of candidates the former mayor Bucaramanga, a billionaire construction company owner who managed to win in polls because of his speech against corruption with a humorous voice.

Gutierrez has plenty to work on before he's able to even think about potential presidential formula names, however, he is supported by a number of other candidates from the Team for Colombia coalition. It's not a small amount. He has by his side two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and an individual woman named Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of the Christian party who typically is a judicious voter, as directed from the lectern in his church.

Along with the reformed Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing force in Congress with more than 2 million votes. The U Party also supported it, having an outstanding turnout of less than a million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga did not just wait for the results of Sunday to declare his defeat. What former President Alvaro Uribe says, who summoned his party to a meeting on Tuesday, will be the definitive information needed to decide in the event that Fico risks his chances for a moderate position by being the Uribe's blessing.