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Since the night of Sunday Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for the presidency of Colombia. This isn’t his first time appearing in an electoral roll. The former mayor was councilor and mayor in Medellin. His first attempt in national elections, where he received more than 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, was that he was deemed a preferred candidate by conservative movements. Fico (47 years aged Medellin) is currently the moment, Gustavo Petro’s main opposition. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the top candidates in the election which determined who the representatives of the three most powerful political parties were.

The presidential campaign is only getting underway. How former Mayor Medellin can combat petrismo, forge alliances and negotiate with other countries will determine the success of his campaign. He will not only need to bring all right-wingers under his banner, but he will also need to win over an element of the centrist electorate that has been, as of Sunday, demoralized and lacking leadership. He’ll have to maintain his distance from former President Alvaro Urbine, which was not the case in the past. Today, for the first time in the past 20 years, the public support for uribism, rather than adding, could reduce. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He has to form an alliance with Uribe’s Democratic Center (CD), but he also has convince Uribe’s central.

Fico’s first conquest was made this Monday as it began to form the alliance with CD, in which uribism can be concentrated. The party’s candidate on Monday, former president candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took the initiative to step back, acknowledged his limited chances of competing with him, and provided his support. We will now see if the whole Uribismo group, which was left without a representative since Monday, offers its support. Uribe is seen clearly advocating for the cause, and trying to convince his supporters that he’s in favor of the Colombian right. The speech he delivered of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of our country” already demonstrated that he adds votes. As did during his stint in the Antioquia mayor’s office, he confirmed it with the electoral consultation. While in Arauca in Colombia, one of the most violent regions Fico claimed that “the bandits are in prison” or “in the grave”. Fico is aware of what Colombian rights are however that’s not enough.

Basset said that “We’re not in the years when the fear generated by the left worked well,” and that the electorate has not been moved by fear this time. According to Basset, the fact that the figure of Alvaro Uribe is not one of the leaders that the country had seen since 2002 the time he was elected president for the first time. Moreover, the fact that his own party that is the CD which is currently going through a bad moment which could result in Fico be unable to receive, at least openly, Uribe’s approval. It doesn’t mean Uribismo’s votes, even if they fall below the table don’t matter to Gutierrez. In the case on Sunday, or in his attempt to gain access to Medellin’s mayor’s post, Uribe supported Gutierrez even when he was the presidential candidate of his party. Uribism was also a key factor in the victory (winning in the coalition). Basset warns “Now his skill as a negotiator [winning in the coalition] is assessed in the ability to convince the right and not spend the entire time on the alliance.” Andres Mejia Vergnaud, analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and former president. “The most difficult thing to Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he wants Uribismo’s votes but not Uribe’s image because it doesn’t suit him to be his presidential nominee.”

Gustavo Petro is the only leader from the left But Gustavo Petro is the only one from the right. Fico, if he is able to negotiate, can convince him to offer his support and to step aside. Rodolfo, who ran independently and is still in the race. Gutierrez is expected to have a list of accomplishments including the former mayor of Bucaramanga who is a builder and millionaire.

Gutierrez has a lot of work ahead of him before he even considers the names of his presidential formula. However, what Gutierrez has already is the backing of the other candidates running for the leadership of the Team for Colombia alliance. It’s not a small amount. Two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are in his presence; David Barguil is the leader of the Conservative party. Aydee Lizarazo is a Christian party woman who votes in accordance with the church’s lectern.

Along with the reformed Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing group in Congress with more than 2 million votes. The U Party also supported it with a stunning vote with just more than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga’s backing, who did not let the Sunday’s elections go by in order to accept his defeat before a potential conflict for votes from the right, gives Fico the boost he needs in a conservative section however, it also impedes his possible votes from within the middle. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party to a gathering on Monday to determine whether Fico is willing to risk his chance of gaining a seat in the center as a result of being publicly felicitated by Uribe.