Fico Gutierrez is a candidate for being recognized as "Uribe’s candidate"

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25 May 2022

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Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for Colombia's presidency. While it's not the first time that his name appears on an electoral card - he was mayor and councilor of Medellin and his first attempt in a presidential election which he won more than two million votes within the Team for Colombia coalition, they place him as an ideal candidate for the conservative parties or those who are scared by the thought of the possibility of a leftist president. Fico (47 years aged Medellin) is at the moment, Gustavo Petro's main opponent. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the top candidates in the elections that determined was the representative of the three most powerful political forces.

The presidential campaign is just beginning , and whether the former mayor of Medellin succeeds in becoming the true counterweight to petrismo is contingent on the alliances and agreements which he will be able to forge from now on. Not only will he be expected to bring the entire right under his leadership and also to take on a portion of the electorate at the center that was sunk on Sunday with any leadership that was remarkable. He would have to avoid the situation he has been in so been, from being in the same photo with Alvaro Uribe. Today, for the first time in 20 years, open support for uribism could be a good thing instead of reducing. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He is required to make an alliance, on Uribe's behalf along with the Democratic Center. However, he has to convince Uribe and the center, which is the one to determine its future direction." Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico is on its journey to join forces along with CD, the center of uribism, and this Monday, Fico already has its first win. The candidate for that party on Monday, the former presidential aspirant Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took his leave, acknowledged the few opportunities to compete with him, and offered his support. The next step is to see if the entire Uribismo group - which is without an elected representative - follows suit. Uribe should be open to his supporters and try to persuade his electorate with the old issues of Colombian right. This will not prove difficult. Already, his remarks on "security" and "order" opportunities, and the love of our country has shown that Uribe is adding votes. On Sunday, he confirmed it at the electoral consultation. He did this before while in Antioquia as the city's mayor. When he visited Arauca in Colombia, which is one of the most violent regions, Fico said that "the bandits are in jail" or "in a grave". Fico knows the Colombian legal system, but this will not suffice.

Basset says that we are not in 2018 when the fear of a left worked well. "This time the voters do not feel scared." Basset says Fico could not get Uribe's approval due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe is not the supreme leader that the nation has seen since 2002 which was the year that Uribe was elected president. But this does not mean that Uribismo's votes Uribismo even if they are not in the top tier is not important to Gutierrez like what happened on Sunday or as happened in his first attempt to get into the office of the mayor of Medellin and the city of Medellin, where Uribe supported him even over the candidate from his party. Fico Gutierrez Uribism is also responsible for this victory in the coalition. Basset warns that right now, his abilities as a negotiator are going to be constrained. "To persuade the right to not invest all his resources in the alliance, will be his measure." Andres Mejia Vergnaud who is an analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and former president. "The biggest problem to Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he would like Uribismo's vote, but without Uribe's photo because it doesn’t suit him to be his choice."

Fico Gutierrez On the left there's only one leader, Gustavo Petro, on the right is an individual who is heading to the presidential race in the event that Fico - again, if he manages to convince him to step aside and offer him support. Rodolfo Hernandez, who launched independently, is in the race. Gutierrez should include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga who is a billionaire builder who managed to score well in elections due to his message against corruption using a light-hearted voice.

Gutierrez has plenty of work to complete before he is even considering the names of his presidential formula. What Gutierrez has already is the backing of the other candidates for the presidency of the Team for Colombia alliance. It's not a small number of people. There are by his side two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and a woman named Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of the Christian party, who normally is a judicious voter, as directed from the lectern of his church.

In addition to the strengthened Conservative Party - it achieved the biggest vote of right-wing parties for Congress with more than two million votes - it also has the support of the U Party, which also received a rousing vote in the legislative with just over one million votes. The backing of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who didn't let a long time pass after Sunday's elections in order to accept his defeat ahead of a possible battle for the right-wing votes, will give Fico a new push within the conservatism sector and swayed him from possible votes from the center. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide if he is willing to risk his chances at the center for the chance to be blessed by Uribe.