Fico Gutierrez, and the danger of being recognized as "Uribe's candidate"

Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the most ferocious. Although 's not the first time his name is on election cards - he served as an elected Medellin mayor and councilor in the past - this is his first time to run for president in a national election. With more than two millions votes in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance, they consider him an attractive candidate for conservative groups and those who are concerned about the leftist presidency. Fico (47-year old Fico) is the main opposition to Gustavo Petro. The Historic Pact movement, as well as Gustavo Petro, was one the winners of the last night's elections which determined who will represent the three major political forces.

The presidential election is just getting underway. How the ex-mayor from Medellin is able to combat petrismo, forge alliances with other nations will determine his chances of success. He won't just have to unify all right-wing voters under his banner, but must also conquer some of the centrist electorate that appeared to be disintegrated and lacking remarkable leadership. He will need to keep his distance from former President Alvaro Urbine, which was not the case in the past. Today, for the first time in 20 years, the open support of uribism, rather than adding, may reduce. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. will need to form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe's political party. But he must also convince the center, which is to decide on where the alliance goes," Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.

As it moves towards joining forces with the CD in the region in which uribism is a major issue This Monday Fico has already won its first victory. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was the candidate for that party's presidential bid. We will now see if the entire Uribismo group - that has been left without a representative elected follows suit. Uribe is expected to accept his support and attempt to persuade his electorate with the old issues of Colombian right. This will not prove difficult. The speech he delivered of "security", "order", "opportunities" and "love of the country" already demonstrated that he has the ability to increase votes. confirmed it this Sunday during the consultation on electoral reform, as he did previously during his time at Antioquia’s mayor's offices, where the mayor was also known as the sheriff from Medellin. He said, "The bandits were either dead or in prison," while he was traveling to Arauca which is a region that is particularly vulnerable to violence. Fico is conscious of the Colombian right's choices, but that will not suffice for Fico.

Basset says that we are not in 2018 when the fear of a left was effective. " don't have the fear." Basset says that Fico may not be able to receive Uribe’s blessing because of the fact that Alvaro Uribe is not the absolute leader the country has seen since 2002 when Uribe was elected president. But this does not mean that Uribismo's votes Uribismo regardless of whether they are below the table aren't important to Gutierrez such as what happened on Sunday or during his first effort to gain access to the mayor's office of Medellin and the city of Medellin, where Uribe supported him even over the candidate of his party. Uribism contributed to the victory [in the coalition]. Basset warns that his ability to negotiate will be measured. He will have to convince the right, but not spend all of it on the alliance. Concerning the relationship between former President Uribe and Fico, the expert Andres Mejia Vergnaud explains "the biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo but not the picture with Uribe as it doesn't suit him to be his candidate".

Gustavo Petro (left) is the sole leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is still the man heading towards the presidential election unless Fico (if he negotiates - persuades Fico to let him go and give him his support. Rodolfo Sanchez, who ran independently, remains in contention. of Bucaramanga builter and millionaire who has managed to position himself very well in the polls due to his speech against corruption in a light-hearted language and is a candidate Gutierrez should add to his list of achievements in order to win the fight to petrismo.

Gutierrez has plenty to discuss before even considering names for his potential presidential plan However, what he has is the support of other candidates competing to be the leader of the Team for Colombia coalition. It's not an insignificant amount. He has by his side 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 an Christian party who typically is a judicious voter, as directed from the lectern of his church.

In addition to the more powerful Conservative Party (which won the most votes among right-wing forces for Congress by more than two millions votes) It also has the sympathy and support of U Party, which had an impressive vote in the legislative level, with less than one million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga supported Fico, and he didn't wait long after Sunday's elections to concede defeat in the face of a possible clash with the votes of the right. will give Fico an additional push within the conservative wing and keeps him farther from the middle. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party to a gathering on Monday to determine what the possibility is that Fico might risk his chances of getting into the center as a result of being publicly blessed by Uribe.

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