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Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate for Colombia. While it’s not the first time his name appears on an electoral card – he has been mayor and councilor of Medellin – his first test in a presidential election, where he achieved more than two million votes inside the Team for Colombia coalition, they place him as an ideal candidate for conservative parties or those who are scared about the possibility of a leftist president. Fico (47-year-old Fico), as he’s referred to as, is the primary rival to Gustavo Petro. He was in the Historic Pact, one of three candidates in the race that determined who would represent the three most powerful political parties.

The presidential campaign just began and the future of former Medellin mayor in Medellin will depend on the alliances that he forms and the talks he gets into. He’ll need to unite the right, and also win over the middle electorate that was weak and devoid of a leader who was strong on Sunday. To accomplish this, he has to remain adamant, just the way he has been with AlvaroUribe, in the same image. Today, for the first-time in 20 years, there is an open support for uribism may instead of subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He has to form an alliance, on Uribe’s side along with the Democratic Center. However, he has to convince Uribe as well as the center which must decide on its direction,” Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

In the process of forming joining forces with the CD, in which uribism is the most prevalent issue, this Monday Fico has already achieved its first triumph. The party’s candidate on Monday, the former presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took a step aside, recognized his few chances of competing with him and provided his support. Now we will have to determine if the whole Uribismo collective, which has been left without a representative, will do the same. Uribe could be seen openly in support of the cause and trying to convince his electorate that he’s in favor of the Colombian right. The speech he delivered of “security” as well as ‘order’ ‘opportunities, and ‘love of the country’ have already demonstrated that Uribe adds votes. On Sunday, he confirmed it at the electoral consultation. This was done before when he was in Antioquia as the city’s mayor. He claimed, “The bandits were either dead or in prison,” while he was visiting Arauca an area that is particularly vulnerable to violence. Fico knows the Colombian legal system, but this will not be enough.

Basset says that we are not in the year 2018 when fear of a Left has worked as well. “This time the people don’t feel scared.” Basset says Fico may not get Uribe’s blessing because of the fact that Alvaro Uribe does not represent the only leader that the country has had since 2002 when Uribe was elected president. Although isn’t in the running, it does not necessarily mean Gutierrez can’t count on the support of Uribismo. Uribism also contributed to the victory. Now his ability as a negotiator will be measured: to convince the right but not to spend everything on this alliance,” Basset warns. Andres Mejia Vergnaud, analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and former president. “The great difficulty to 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, the leader of the left is the only person who has the ability to lead, however Gustavo Petro, the leader of the right, is heading for the presidency. Unless Fico – again, if this is possible – convinces him to not step aside and support him. Rodolfo who ran as an independent remains in the race. Gutierrez must include in his list of candidates the former mayor Bucaramanga the billionaire builder who was able to win in polls because of his speech against corruption in a humorous voice.

Gutierrez is likely to have lots to negotiate before he thinks about possible formulas for the presidency. However the one thing Gutierrez does have is the support and cooperation of the other candidates for the Team for Colombia presidency. It’s not too much. , Enrique Penalosa(Bogota), and Alex Char (Barranquilla), are at his side. David Barguil, the chief of the party and the founder of the Conservative party, is along with Aydee Zarazo, Aydee Lizarazo from a Christian Party, who frequently vote according to her church’s guidelines.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and it won the largest right-wing vote of over 2 million votes. It also has the support of the U Party. This party had an outstanding legislative vote, with more than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to help Fico. He did not quit the elections on Sunday without taking the time to deny his defeat in order to avoid a confrontation for the votes with those on the left. is a way to give Fico some momentum in a particular sector of conservatism. However, this also shields him from potential votes from the center. What former president Alvaro Uribe says, who invited his party for a meeting on Tuesday, will be the definitive point to know if Fico is willing to risk his position in the center as a result of being the blessed of Uribe.