Fico Gutierrez: The risk of him being "Uribe's candidate."

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03 May 2022

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Federico Fico Gutierrez has been the most reliable president-elect of the Colombian in the last few days, starting on Sunday night. Although this isn't the first time that his name appears on an electoral card - he was previously an elected Medellin mayor and councilor - it was his first run to win a national vote. With more than two millions votes cast in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance, they consider him an ideal candidate for conservative groups and those who are concerned about the possibility of a leftist president. Fico (47 years old Medellin) is at the moment, Gustavo Petro's principal opponent. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the winning candidates in the election that decided who was the representative of the three most powerful political forces.

The presidential campaign has just started. The question of whether Medellin's former mayor can become the real opposition to petrismo is dependent on the alliances he creates and the negotiations that he holds. He'll need to not only unify the entire right, but also win over just a tiny fraction of the center electorate which was disintegrated on Sunday. To achieve this it will be necessary to keep avoiding the same thing he has avoided so far, appearing in the same photograph with former President Alvaro Uribe. Today, for the second time in 20 year it is clear that the support for Uribism rather than adding might reduce. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with Uribe's Democratic Center (CD), but he also has convince Uribe's central.

Fico, which is a coalition with the CD in which uribism is concentrated has made its first triumph on the road to an alliance. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was the candidate for that party's presidential run. Now, we'll see if all of Uribismo that was without a candidate, supports his candidature. Uribe could be seen openly advocating for the cause, and trying to convince his supporters that he's in favor of the Colombian right. Already, his address on "security" and "order", opportunities and love of the country showed he is adding votes. This Sunday, he verified it at the electoral consultation. He did this before while in Antioquia as the mayor. On a recent visit to Arauca that has been difficult hit by violence He said that the bandits are in prison or in graves. Fico is very aware of the Colombian right's choices however that won't suffice for Fico.

Basset points out, "We aren’t in 2018 when the fear of the left has did well." The analyst claims that Fico might not get Uribe's approval due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe has been stripped of his absolute leadership role from 2002, when Uribe was elected president. However, this doesn't mean that Uribismo's opinions, even if they fall below the table are not important to Gutierrez. Like was on Sunday or in his bid to gain access to Medellin's mayor's post, Uribe supported Gutierrez even when he was the presidential candidate for his party. "This victory (winning in the coalition) is also due to Uribism. Basset warns "Now his skill as a negotiator in winning the coalition] is measured in the ability to convince the right and not to spend all on the alliance." , analyst comments on Fico's relationship with former president Uribe: "The great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez's desire to win the support of Uribismo but not having the picture of Uribe as it does not fit him to be his presidential candidate."

Gustavo Petro, the leader of the left, is the only person who can lead, but Gustavo Petro, the leader of the right, is running for president. If Fico is able to convince him - in the event that it is possible, convinces him not to step aside and support him. Rodolfo who was an independent candidate, is still in contention. Gutierrez should include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga, a billionaire builder who was able to score well in elections due to his message against corruption using a light-hearted voice.

Gutierrez has plenty of work ahead of him before he can even think of the names of the presidential formula. What has already is the backing of the other candidates for the presidency of the Team for Colombia alliance. It's not small. He has two former mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his companions. David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party); and Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who follows church rules.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and was the party that won the most right-wing vote of more than two million votes. It also has the support of the U Party. This party has a strong legislative vote, with less than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to support Fico. He did not go home from Sunday's election without taking the time to deny his defeat in order to avoid a confrontation for the votes of those on the left. This provides Fico an edge in a particular sector of conservatism. But keeps him away from votes that could come from the centre. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide if he is willing to take a risk at the center for the privilege of being the fortunate recipient of Uribe's blessings.