Fico Gutierrez and the risk of "Uribe’s presidential candidate"

Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate in Colombia. Even though his name appears in the electoral register for the first time - he was Medellin's mayor and councilor – it's his first time in national elections. He won over 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia alliance. This makes him a favorite candidate for the conservative movements. Fico (47 years old) is currently the primary candidate to Gustavo Petro. His victory with the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most prominent politicians in Colombia.

The presidential campaign is just beginning and the fate of the former mayor of Medellin is contingent on the alliances he creates and the agreements he enters into. won't be required to unite the entire right under his control as well as conquer a section of the electorate in the center that was sunk on Sunday with any extraordinary leadership. To achieve this, he has to keep avoiding, exactly as he does so far with AlvaroUribe in the same picture. Today, the acceptance of uribsm has now been openly expressed. It's now possible to subtract instead of adding, which is the first time this has happened in 20-years. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. needs to join the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But he also has to convince the center that it can decide where it wants to go," Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at University of Rosario) says.

Fico has won its first victory this Monday , on its path to a pledge of allegiance to the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga the former presidential candidate decided to retire, acknowledged his limited options for competing with him and offer his support. Now we will have to determine if the whole Uribismo group that is without a representative, does the same. Uribe is seen clearly supporting the cause and trying to convince his electorate that he's in favor of the Colombian right. Already, his address on "security", order" and "opportunities" of the country showed Uribe is gaining 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 there was also a name for him: the sheriff from Medellin. When was on a recent trip to Arauca which has been difficult hit by violence He said that the bandits are locked up or dead. Fico is very conscious of the Colombian right's choices however that won't suffice for him.

Basset pointed out the fact that "We're not in the year 2018 when the fear generated by the left was effective," and that the electorate isn't being swayed by fear this time around. According to the analyst, the fact that the figure of Alvaro Uribe is no longer that of the absolute leader that the nation had in 2002 in the year Uribe was elected president for the first time, and that his party, the CD which is currently going through a difficult time which could result in Fico not receive at the very least, Uribe's blessing. While Uribismo isn't in the running, it does not mean Gutierrez cannot count on the votes of Uribismo. Uribism was also instrumental in this win (winning in the coalition). Basset warns that now his negotiation skills are going to be limited. "To persuade the right to not spend everything on this alliance, will be his goal." Andres Mejia Vergnaud, an analyst, discusses the relationship between Fico and former president. "The biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he wants Uribismo's support, but without Uribe's photo since it isn't a good fit to be his choice."

On the left there is only one candidate, Gustavo Petro, on the right there is still a man who is heading towards the presidential elections, unless Fico - - again, should he be able to convince him to withdraw and offer him support. Rodolfo Hernandez remains in the race despite having run independently. Gutierrez should include the achievements of the former mayor of Bucaramanga and billionaire builder, Rodolfo Hernandez if he intends to combat petrismo.

Gutierrez has a lot to do before he can even begin thinking about the possible presidential formula names however, he's got the backing of other candidates in the Team for Colombia coalition. 's not just little. Two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are with him; David Barguil is the leader of Conservative party. Aydee Lizarazo is a Christian party member who is able to vote according to the instructions of her church's lectern.

Along with the reformed Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing group in Congress with over two million votes. The U Party also supported it with a stunning vote of just over 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga supported Fico and didn't hesitate long after Sunday's elections to accept his defeat ahead of a potential conflict with votes from the right. But will give Fico an additional push within the conservative wing but keeps him far from the middle. 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.

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