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Since the election on Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the strongest. This is not his first appearance in an electoral roll. He was previously councilor and mayor in Medellin. His first attempt in a national elections which saw him receive more than 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, was that he was deemed the preferred candidate of conservative movements. Fico (47 years old) is now the main opponent to Gustavo Petro. His victory through the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most well-known political figures in Colombia.

The presidential campaign is only starting and whether or not the former mayor of Medellin succeeds in becoming the real counterweight to petrismo will depend on the alliances and negotiations that he develops from the moment on. He must not only unify the entire right, but also take on only a tiny portion of the middle electorate, which has been shattered on Sunday. To achieve this, he will have to keep from appearing in the same photograph as Alvaro Umribe, as he did so far. 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 side along with the Democratic Center. However, the challenge is convincing Uribe, the center that will have to decide its direction,” Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico that is a coalition with the CD in which uribism is concentrated has made its first victory on the way to an alliance. The candidate for that party until this Monday, the former presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took his leave, acknowledged his few chances of competing with him and offered his support. Now we will have to determine if the whole Uribismo collective that is without a representative, does the same. Uribe will be able to openly support his candidate and convince his voters through his presentation of the issues of the Colombian left. This should not be a problem for Uribe. Already, his speech on “security” as well as “order” opportunities, and the love of the fatherland showed that Uribe is adding votes. This Sunday, he verified it at the electoral consultation. He did this before when he was in Antioquia as the city’s mayor. While on a recent trip to Arauca (an region that has been particularly affected by violence) He said “The bandits are locked up or are in graves.” Fico knows what the Colombian right wing is a fan of but that won’t be enough for Fico.

Basset states that we are not in 2018 when the fear of a left-wing government was effective. “This time the people don’t have the fear.” Basset claims that Fico could not get Uribe’s blessing even if the Alvaro Uribe figure isn’t the one that the nation has been accustomed to since 2002, when Uribe was elected president. However, this does not suggest that the Uribismo votes are not enough to Gutierrez. This could be because they are less than the table. Uribism is also the reason for the victory. Basset warns that now his abilities as a negotiator are going to be constrained. “To persuade the right not to spend everything on this alliance, is his goal.” Andres Mesjia Vergnaud, analyst commenting on Fico’s ties with former president Uribe: “The great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez’s desire for the support of Uribismo but not having the picture of Uribe, because it doesn’t fit him to be his presidential candidate.”

Gustavo Petro (left) is the only leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is the only candidate heading towards the presidential election unless Fico (if negotiates) convinces Fico to let him go and offer the support he needs. Rodolfo, who ran independently and is still in the race. must include the achievements of former Bucaramanga mayor Bucaramanga and millionaire builder Rodolfo Hernandez, if he will fight against petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even thinking about names for his presidential formula. But Gutierrez has the backing of other candidates for the Team for Colombia leadership. It’s not just a little. He 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. They are members of a Christian party who typically is a judicious voter, as directed from the lectern in his church.

In addition to the strengthened Conservative Party – it achieved the most votes of the 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 less than one million votes. The support of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who didn’t let a long time go by after the elections on Sunday in order to accept his defeat in the event of a potential confrontation with the votes of the right, provides Fico an opportunity to gain momentum in a sector of conservatism however, it distances Fico from votes that could be cast from the center. The declaration of Alvaro Uribe, the former President, which summoned his party to meet Tuesday, will determine the extent to which Fico is willing to sacrifice his chances at the center to openly proclaim himself to be the Uribe who is blessed.