Fico Gutierrez - the risk of becoming "Uribe’s Candidate"

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29 April 2022

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Federico Fico Gutierrez has been the most stable president-elect of the Colombian since the night of Sunday. Even though it's not the first time that his name is on an electoral card - he has been mayor and councilor of Medellin and his first attempt during a national vote that he won more than two million votes within the Team for Colombia coalition, they have him listed as a desired candidate of the conservative parties or those who are scared when they think of a leftist presidency. Fico (47 years old) is now the most prominent candidate to Gustavo Petro. His victory in the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most well-known political figures in Colombia.

The presidential campaign has just begun. Whether Medellin's former mayor can become the real opposition to petrismo is dependent on the alliances that are formed and the talks that he conducts. He'll need to not only unify the entire right but also conquer a small portion of the centre electorate that was shattered on Sunday. He will need to keep his distance from former President Alvaro Urbine, something he has not done in the past. For the first time in 20 years, the open acceptance of uribism rather than adding, can reduce. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with Uribe's Democratic Center (CD), but he will also have to convince Uribe's center.

Fico that is in coalition with the CD where uribism is a major issue, has achieved its first triumph in the process of forming an alliance. who was at one time a presidential candidate took a step back to acknowledge his few opportunities of competing against him. We now need to wait and see if the Uribismo group that is without a representation, does the same. Uribe can show his support by being open and convincing the electorate of classic questions that are typical of the Colombian Right. of "security" and 'order opportunities, and love of the country' have already demonstrated that Uribe has the ability to increase votes. This was confirmed on Sunday during the consultation on electoral reform similar to what he had done previously when he was at Antioquia's mayor's offices, where the mayor was also known as the sheriff of Medellin. In a recent trip to Arauca (an area that has been particularly affected by violence) He said "The bandits are in prison or are in graves." Fico knows what Colombian rights like however that's not enough.

"We are not in the year 2018, when the fear of the left had worked, but this time, the voters are not moved by fear," Basset points out. Basset stresses that Fico may not be able to get Uribe's support because Alvaro Uribe has not been able to claim the title of absolute leader since 2002, the year that the country elected him president. It doesn't mean Uribismo's opinions, even if they fall below the table don't matter to Gutierrez. As was the case on Sunday, or in his attempt to gain access to Medellin's mayor's post, Uribe supported Gutierrez even while he was a candidate for his party. "This victory [winning in the coalition] is also due to Uribism. His ability as a negotiator will be evaluated: to convince the right but not to spend all of his money for this alliance," Basset warns. In relation to this alliance between the former president and Fico the analyst Andres Mejia Vergnaud says "the greatest challenge for Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo however, he is not able to get the picture with Uribe because it does not suit him to be his candidate".

Gustavo Petro is left-leaning, while Gustavo Petro is right-leaning. However, Fico - if he can negotiate to persuade Gustavo Petro to support him. Rodolfo Hernandez, who launched on his own, is currently in the race. Former mayor of Bucaramanga, a builder and millionaire, who has been able to present himself effectively in the polls, thanks to his anti-corruption speech with a humorous tone is one of the candidates Gutierrez will have to add to his list of achievements in order to win the battle to petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even thinking about names for his possible presidential formula. However, he does have the support of the other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. This isn't a small number. is surrounded by two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and a woman, Aydee Lizarazo, of the Christian party who typically is a judicious voter, as directed at the lectern of his church.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and it won the largest right-wing vote, with more than two million votes. enjoys the support of the U Party. This party was able to win a rousing legislative vote, with just over 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to support Fico. He didn't go home from Sunday's election without taking time to deny his defeat in order to keep out of a battle for votes with the right. This provides Fico some momentum in a particular sector of conservatism. But it also prevents him from possible votes from the center. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party to a gathering on Monday to determine whether Fico would risk his chances of getting into the center as a result of being publicly felicitated by Uribe.