Since Sunday night, Federico Fico Gutierrez is the most steady presidential candidate in Colombia. Although his name is on the electoral roll for the first times as Medellin's mayor and councilor – it is his first test in national elections. In the last election, he received more than 2 million votes with the Team for Colombia alliance. The voters have positioned him as a favorite candidate for conservative groups. Fico (47 years old) is currently the primary opponent of Gustavo Petro. His victory with the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most prominent politicians in Colombia.
The presidential campaign is just starting. How https://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia/dos-candidatos-antioquenos-lo... -mayor from Medellin is able to fight petrismo and form alliances and negotiate with other countries will determine the success of his campaign. He will not only have to unite all of the right under his name and name, but also to win over a portion of the electorate of the middle, which has been depressed and lacking a strong leadership. To achieve this, he will have to keep from appearing in the same picture as Alvaro Umribe, as he did so far. Today, for the first time in the past 20 years, the open support for uribism, rather than adding, can subtract. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He will need to form an alliance to 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.
On the way to an alliance with the CD in the region which is where uribism is the most prevalent issue, this Monday Fico has already won its first victory. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was the candidate for the party's presidential bid. It will be interesting to check to see if the Uribismo group that was without a representative since Monday, offers its support. Uribe could be seen openly in support of the cause and trying to convince his voters that he's in favor of the Colombian right. His speech of "security", "order", "opportunities" and "love of the fatherland" has already shown him that he is able to add votes. Similar to what he said during his appointment as Antioquia's mayor, he confirmed it with the consultation on elections. In a recent trip to Arauca (an area that has been particularly affected by violence), he stated "The bandits are either in prison or in graves." Fico knows what the Colombian right likes but that won't be enough for Fico.
"We are not in 2018 when the fear of left was effective, but this time the electorate is not influenced by fear," Basset points out. https://www.efe.com/efe/usa/america/fico-gutierrez-se-perfila-como-... stresses that Fico could be denied Uribe's blessing, because Alvaro Uribe has not been able to claim the title of leader absolute since 2002, when the nation elected him president. https://www.eltiempo.com/elecciones-2022/presidencia/federico-gutie... of Uribismo remain important to Gutierrez. Uribism is also responsible for this win in the coalition. Now his ability as a negotiator is measured by his ability to convince the right but not to spend everything for that alliance," Basset warns. Andres Mejia Vergnaud who is analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and former president. "The biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he would like Uribismo's vote however, he doesn't want Uribe's picture because it's not his style to be his nominee."
Gustavo Petro (left) is the sole candidate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN1LMckIlZI (right) is still the man looking to win the presidency unless Fico (if negotiations are successful) is able to convince Fico to let him go and offer him his backing. Rodolfo Sanchez, who campaigned on his own, is still in the race. Gutierrez must include the achievements of the former mayor of Bucaramanga and billionaire builder, Rodolfo Hernandez if he will fight against petrismo.
Gutierrez has a lot to talk about before thinking about possible formulas for the presidency. However what Gutierrez has is the trust and cooperation of other candidates on the Team for Colombia presidency. https://thebogotapost.com/fico-eyes-colombias-presidency-an-intervi... 's not just a little. There are by his side two former mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and a woman named Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of a Christian party who typically makes judicious decisions based on the instructions from the lectern in his church.
Alongside the strengthened 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 turnout of less than 1 million votes. The backing of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who has not allowed a lot of time to go by after the elections on Sunday and apologize for his loss before a possible confrontation for the right-wing votes, gives Fico a new push within the conservatism sector however, it distances him from possible votes from the center. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party to a meeting on Monday, to see what the possibility is that Fico might risk his chances of being a center-right candidate as a result of being publicly granted a blessing by Uribe.