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Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for Colombia’s presidency. It is not his first time appearing on an electoral card. The former mayor was a councilor and mayor in Medellin. His first attempt in national elections which saw him receive more than two millions votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, saw him placed as the preferred candidate of conservative groups. Fico (Medellin, 47 years old) who is popularly known, is, since last night and currently the most prominent opposition to Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the main winners on the election day that defined who would be the representative of the three main political forces.

The presidential campaign has just begun. Whether Medellin’s former mayor can be the true counterweight against petrismo will be dependent on the alliances he creates and the negotiations that he conducts. He won’t just have to unite all the right under his banner, but will also have to conquer some of the centrist electorate that has been, as of Sunday, disintegrated and lacking remarkable leadership. In order to do that it will be necessary to avoid the same thing he has avoided so far being in the same picture with the former president Alvaro Uribe. Today, for the first time in the past 20 years, open support for uribism could instead of subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. is required to be a part of the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But, he has to convince the center that it can determine where it will take the center,” Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario) says.

Fico made its first triumph this week on its route to joining the CD. The candidate for that party on Monday, the former presidential aspirant Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took the initiative to step back, acknowledged the few opportunities to compete with him and provided his support. Now, we’ll see whether the entire Uribismo that was without a candidate is in support of him. Uribe should be open to his supporters and try to convince his supporters using the classic questions of Colombian right. It shouldn’t be difficult. His remarks of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of the country” already demonstrated that he has the ability to increase votes. Like he did during his appointment as Antioquia’s mayor and he confirmed this with the election consultation. While visiting Arauca in Colombia, a particularly violent area Fico stated that “the bandits are in prison” or “in a grave”. Fico knows very well what Colombian law is fond of. But it won’t suffice for him.

Basset states, “We aren’t in 2018 when the fear of being left-wing did well.” Basset argues that Fico could be denied Uribe’s support due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe has not been able to claim the title of the absolute leader since 2002, when the nation elected him president. But this does not mean that the votes of Uribismo regardless of whether they fall below the table, are not indispensable to Gutierrez such as what happened on Sunday or as happened in his first effort to gain access to the mayor’s office of Medellin, when Uribe did not hesitate to support him over the candidate from his party. Uribism is also responsible for this win within the coalition. warns “Now his skill as a negotiator (winning in the coalition] is assessed in the ability to convince the right and not to spend all on the alliance.” 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 since it doesn’t suit him to become his candidate.”

Gustavo Petro is left-leaning, while Gustavo Petro is right-leaning. However, Fico – if he can reach a compromise – will convince Gustavo Petro to support him. Rodolfo who was an independent candidate, is still in contention. Gutierrez must include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga who is a billionaire builder who was able to do well in the polls because of his speech against corruption using a light-hearted voice.

Gutierrez has lots of work to complete before he is even considering names for his presidential formula. However, what Gutierrez already has is the support of other candidates for the presidency of the Team for Colombia alliance. It’s not much. The two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa of Bogota and Alex Char of Barranquilla; the leader of the Conservative party David Barguil and Aydee Zarazo Aydee Zarazo, an Christian party leader who make their decisions judiciously, following the directions from the lectern in his church.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and it won the largest right-wing vote with more than 2 million votes. It also has the backing of the U Party. has a strong vote in legislative with more than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga didn’t have to wait until the results of Sunday’s election to declare his defeat. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide if he’s willing to take a risk at the center in order to enjoy the chance to be fortunate recipient of Uribe’s blessings.