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

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24 May 2022

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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate for Colombia. It's not the first time his name has appeared on the election ballot. In fact, he was both the councilor and mayor of Medellin. It was his first national election. The Team for Colombia coalition won more than two-million votes. They consider him to be a candidate for the conservative movement. Fico (47 years old) is currently the primary candidate to Gustavo Petro. His victory through the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most prominent politicians in Colombia.

The presidential campaign has just begun. If Medellin's former city mayor can become the real counterweight against petrismo will be dependent on the alliances that create and the discussions that he conducts. He won't be expected to bring together the whole right under his leadership and also to be able to win over a segment of the electorate in the center, which has been slashed on Sunday without any leadership that was remarkable. To do this, he'll have to keep from appearing in the same picture as Alvaro Umribe, as was his practice up to this point. Today, for the first-time in 20 years, there is an open support for uribism may be a good thing instead of reducing. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must be a part of the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But, he must convince the center that it can decide where it wants to take the center," Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario) says.

Fico is on the way to an alliance, with the CD, the center of uribism as of Monday, Fico is already preparing for its first victory. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) left the stage and admitted the fact that he has no chance of competing with him. He offered his support. We now need to see if the entire Uribismo collective that is without a representation, does the same. Uribe can be seen publicly advocating for the cause, and trying to convince his electorate that he supports the Colombian right. Already, his speech about "security" and "order", opportunities and love of the country showed Uribe is gaining votes. He confirmed it this Sunday at the electoral consulting the same way he did during his time at Antioquia’s municipal offices, in which there was also a name for him: the sheriff of Medellin. When he was on a recent trip to Arauca that has been violently impacted, he stated that the bandits were either in prison or in graves. Fico is aware of what Colombian law prefers. But it won't suffice for Fico.

Basset states, "We aren't in 2018 in a time when the fear of the Left performed well." The analyst claims that Fico might not get Uribe's blessing because Alvaro Uribe has lost his entire leadership role since 2002 when he was elected president. Fico Gutierrez While Uribismo is below the table however, that does not mean Gutierrez isn't able to count on the support of Uribismo. "This victory [winning in the coalition] is in part because of Uribism. Basset warns that Basset's capability in negotiations will be evaluated. Andres Mejia Vergnaud who is analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and the former president. "The biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he wants Uribismo's votes but not Uribe's image because it's not his style to be his choice."

Gustavo Petro is left-leaning, however, Gustavo Petro is right-leaning. However, Fico - if he can reach a compromise and be able to convince Gustavo Petro to support him. Rodolfo Hernandez is still in the race despite having run independently. Gutierrez must include the achievements of the former mayor of Bucaramanga and millionaire builder, Rodolfo Hernandez, if will fight against petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even thinking about names for his potential presidential formula. But Gutierrez has the support of the other contenders for Team for Colombia leadership. It is not little. Two mayors from the past, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are also with him. David Barguil is the leader of the Conservative party. Aydee Lizarazo is a Christian party woman who votes as instructed from his church's lectern.

The Conservative Party has been strengthened and has received the most vote from right-wing forces with more than 2 million votes. Additionally the U Party has shown sympathy towards the Conservative Party. They also received an impressive voteof less than one million votes in the legislative. The support of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who has not allowed a lot of time to pass following the results of Sunday's elections and apologize for his loss in the event of a potential confrontation with the votes of the right will give Fico the chance to push forward in a sector of conservatism, but distances him from votes that could be cast from the center. The words of former president Alvaro Uribe says, who summoned his party to a meeting on Tuesday, will be the definitive point to know in the event that Fico takes a risk to be a center-right candidate by being the Uribe's blessing.