Fico Gutierrez, and the danger of "Uribe’s presidential candidate"

Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez was the most consistent presidential candidate in Colombia. Although it is not the first time that his name is on an electoral card - he has been mayor and councilor of Medellin and his first attempt in a presidential election which he won more than 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition, they have him listed as an ideal candidate for the conservative movements or those who are scared by the thought of a leftist presidency. Fico (47-year old Fico) is the principal opponent of Gustavo Petro. The Historic Pact movement, along with Gustavo Petro, was one the winners of last night's election which determined who will be the main political parties.

The presidential election is just starting and whether or not the former mayor of Medellin manages to be the real counterweight to petrismo is contingent on the alliances and agreements he forges from this point on. It is not enough to unify all right-wing voters under his banner, but will also have to conquer an element of the center's electorate which, on Sunday, was broken and lacking in leadership. must keep his distance from the previous president Alvaro Urbine, something he has not done in the past. Today's public support for uribism is a first in the last 20 years. Instead of adding, could subtract. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He is required to make an alliance, on Uribe's behalf along with the Democratic Center. However, Gutierrez must convince Uribe, the center that is the one to determine its course," Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico's first conquest was made this week as it moved towards an alliance with CD, in which uribism can be concentrated. The candidate of that party until this Monday, former president aspirant Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took his leave, acknowledged his limited chances of competing with him and gave his support. Now we will have to wait and see if the Uribismo group who is without a representative, will do the same. Uribe can show his support by being transparent and convincing his voters with classic questions of the Colombian Right. Already, his speech about "security" as well as "order" opportunities, and the love of the fatherland showed that Uribe is adding votes. This past Sunday, he confirmed this at the election consultation. The same thing happened while he was in Antioquia as the mayor. While on a recent trip to Arauca that has been difficult hit by violence, he stated that the bandits are locked up or dead. Fico is aware of what Colombian rights like, but that won't be enough.

Basset says, "We aren’t in 2018, where the fear of being left-wing was a success," According to Basset, the fact that the figure of Alvaro Uribe is not one of the leaders which the country has seen since 2002 the time Uribe was elected president for the first time. Also, that his party, the CD, is going through a difficult time which could result in Fico avoid receiving, at least openly, Uribe's approval. The vote of Uribismo remain important to Gutierrez. Uribism was also crucial to this win (winning in the coalition). Basset warnsthat "Now his ability as an negotiator in winning the coalition] will be assessed by his ability to convince the right people, and not spend the entire time on the alliance." Andres Mesjia Vergnaud, an 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 since it doesn't make sense for him to be his candidate."

Gustavo Petro is left-leaning, and Gustavo Petro is right-leaning. However, Fico - if he can reach a compromise and convince Gustavo Petro to support him. Rodolfo who ran as an independent remains in the race. The former mayor of Bucaramanga builter and millionaire, who succeeded in positioning himself effectively in the polls, thanks to his anti-corruption speech with a humorous tone is one of the candidates Gutierrez must include on his list of accomplishments in order to win the fight to petrismo.

Gutierrez has a lot of work to do before he even considers names for his presidential formula. What Gutierrez already has is support from the other candidates for the presidency of the Team for Colombia alliance. It is not little. Two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa in Bogota and Alex Char in Barranquilla, are also with him. David Barguil is the leader of Conservative party. Aydee Lizarazo is a Christian party member who is able to vote according to the instructions of her church's lectern.

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and won the biggest right-wing vote with over two million votes. The Conservative Party also enjoys the backing of the U Party. had an outstanding legislative vote with more than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga's support, who didn't let Sunday's election go by in order to accept his defeat prior to a possible conflict for votes from the right gives Fico a boost in the conservative wing but it also keeps him away from any votes that could come from the middle. Alvaro Uribe from the past and who invited his party to a gathering on Tuesday night, suggested that Fico could risk his chances of becoming a centrist leader in exchange for being openly in love with Uribe.

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