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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate in Colombia. Although his name is in the electoral register for the first times that he was Medellin’s councilor and mayor – it’s his first time during national elections. He won over 2 million votes with the Team for Colombia alliance. The voters have positioned him as a favorite candidate for the right-wing movements. Fico (47-year-old Fico), as he’s known as, is the primary rival to Gustavo Petro. He was, with the Historic Pact, one of three people who won the election which determined who would be the three most powerful political parties.

The presidential campaign has just started. Whether ‘s former mayor can become the real anti-porrismo force will be dependent on the alliances create and the discussions that he conducts. Not only will he be required to bring together the entire rights of the right in his name and name, but also to conquer a part of the electorate of the middle, which was deflated on Sunday and without an impressive leadership. To achieve this, he must continue to avoid, just the way he has been with AlvaroUribe in the same picture. , for the first time in the past 20 years, the public support of uribism, instead of adding, may reduce. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s party . But in the meantime, he must convince the center, which is required to decide where it is going,” says Yann Basset an researcher and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico made its first triumph this Monday on the path to a pledge of allegiance to the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was previously the presidential aspirant, stepped aside to acknowledge the few chances he had to compete with him. Now will have to determine if the whole Uribismo collective who is without a representative, will do the same. Particularly, when Uribe declares his support publicly and try to convince voters of the most basic concerns of the Colombian right, something that will not be so difficult for Uribe. His remarks of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of the fatherland” already demonstrated that he adds votes. Like he did during his stint in the Antioquia mayor’s office and he confirmed this with the consultation on elections. While visiting Arauca in Colombia, which is one of the most violent regions, Fico said that “the bandits are in prison” or “in a grave”. Fico is very aware of the Colombian right’s choices however that won’t suffice for him.

“We are not in 2018, when the fear of the left was effective, but this time the electorate is not influenced by fear,” Basset points out. Basset says Fico could not get Uribe’s blessing if the Alvaro Uribe figure isn’t the one that the nation has been accustomed to since 2002 which was the year that Uribe became the president. Although Uribismo is below the table but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Gutierrez isn’t able to count on the votes of Uribismo. Uribism was a factor in the success in the coalition. Basset warns that now his ability as negotiator is going to be limited. “To convince the right, but not to invest all his resources in this alliance, is his measure.” Andres Mesjia Vergnaud analyst comments on Fico’s relationship with former president Uribe: “The great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez’s desire to win the support of Uribismo without the image of Uribe as it does not suit him to become 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 still running for president. In the event that Fico — should this be possible – convinces him not to step aside and support his. Rodolfo Hernández, an uninvolved, is still running. Gutierrez must include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga the billionaire builder who was able to do well in the elections due to his message against corruption using a light-hearted voice.

Gutierrez has plenty of work to complete before he can even think of the names of his presidential formula. But what Gutierrez has already is support from the other candidates running for the leadership of the Team for Colombia alliance. This isn’t a small sum. The two ex-mayors, Enrique Penalosa of Bogota and Alex Char of Barranquilla; the leader of the Conservative party David Barguil and Aydee Zarazo who is who is a Christian leader of the party, who make their decisions judiciously, according to the instructions from the lectern of his church.

The Conservative Party has been strengthened and has received the most votes from right-wing parties with more that 2 million votes. Additionally, the U Party has shown sympathy for the Conservative Party. They also have a strong election, with just over one million votes for the legislative. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga’s support who did not let the Sunday’s elections pass by in order to accept his defeat before a potential contest for votes from the right, gives Fico the boost he needs in a section of conservatism but it also keeps him away from potential votes from the middle. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party for a meeting on Monday, to see what the possibility is that Fico is willing to risk his chance of being a center-right candidate as a result of being publicly blessed by Uribe.