Fico Gutierrez, the chance of becoming "Uribe’s Candidate"

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03 May 2022

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Since the night of Sunday, Federico ">Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate for Colombia. It is not his first appearance in an electoral roll. He was previously a mayor and councilor in Medellin. His first attempt in national elections, where he received more than two million votes from the Team for Colombia coalition, saw him placed as the preferred candidate of conservative groups. Fico (47-year old Fico) is the main opponent of Gustavo Petro. The Historic Pact movement, along with Gustavo Petro, was one the winners of the election last night which determined who will represent the three major political forces.

The presidential campaign is just beginning , and whether the former mayor of Medellin is able to become the most effective counterweight to the petrismo will be determined by the alliances and negotiations which he will be able to forge from the moment on. He won't be required to unite all the right-wing forces under his command as well as be able to win over a segment of the electorate in the center which has been slashed on Sunday without any extraordinary leadership. To do this it is necessary to keep avoiding the same thing he has avoided to date, appearing in the same photo with the former president Alvaro Uribe. Today, for the second time in 20 year that he has been openly endorsed by Uribism rather than adding might be a negative. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must make an alliance, on Uribe's side along with the Democratic Center. However, the challenge is convincing Uribe, the center that is the one to determine its direction," Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico that is a coalition partner with the CD where uribism is the main focus, has had its first conquest on the way to an alliance. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was an aspirant to the presidency took a step back to acknowledge his few opportunities of competing against him. We now need to determine if the whole Uribismo group who is without a representative, will do the same. Uribe will be able to publicly support his candidate and persuade his voters by presenting the traditional issues of the Colombian left. should not be an issue for him. He already proved that he could increase votes by his remarks on "security"," "order" as well as "love for the homeland". He verified it this Sunday during the consultation on elections, as he did before during his time at the mayor's office of the capital city of Antioquia, where he was known as the sheriff of Medellin. In a recent trip to Arauca (an area which has been particularly impacted by violence), he stated "The bandits are either in prison or in the grave." Fico knows the Colombian legal system, but that will not be enough.

"We are not in the year 2018, when the fear of left was effective, but this time, voters are not moved by fear," Basset points out. According to Basset, Fico is not likely to receive Uribe's approval even if the Alvaro Uribe image isn't one we have seen since 2002, when Uribe became the president. This does not mean that Uribismo's votes, even if they fall below the table are not important to Gutierrez. Like was the case on Sunday or in his attempt to get into Medellin's Mayor's Office, Uribe supported Gutierrez even though he was the candidate of his party. contributed to the victory of the coalition. Basset warns that Basset's ability to negotiate will be evaluated. He must convince the right but not entirely on this alliance. Andres Mejia Vergnaud who is an analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and the former president. "The most difficult thing to 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." is the only leader on the left But Gustavo Petro is the only one on the right. Fico, if he can negotiate, will convince him to provide his backing and take a step back. Rodolfo Sanchez, who campaigned independently, is still in the running. must include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga who is a billionaire builder who was able to score well in polls due to his speech against corruption in a humorous voice.

Gutierrez is likely to have lots to discuss before he begins thinking about presidential formula names. However the one thing Gutierrez does have is the cooperation and support of the other candidates for the Team for Colombia presidency. It's not much. has by his side two former mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and a woman, Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of the Christian party, who usually makes judicious decisions based on the instructions from the lectern in his church.

Along with the strengthened Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing party in Congress with over two million votes. supported it, having an outstanding vote of just over a million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga's backing, who refused to let the election of Sunday be lost and thereby avert his loss before a possible confrontation for votes of the right gives Fico an advantage in the conservative wing but it also keeps him away from potential votes from the center. Alvaro Uribe from the past was the party's leader who summoned his party for a meeting on Tuesday night, suggested that Fico could risk his chances of becoming a centrist leader as a result of being openly in love with Uribe.
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