Federico Fico Gutierrez has been the most reliable presidential candidate of the Colombian right since Sunday night. While it's not the first time that his name is on an electoral card - he was mayor and councilor in Medellin and his first attempt during a national vote that he won more than two million votes inside the Team for Colombia coalition, they have him listed as a desired candidate of the conservative groups or those who are scared by the thought of the possibility of a leftist president. Fico (Medellin 47 years old) who is popularly known, is, as of last night and is at the moment the most prominent opposition to Gustavo Petro, who with the Historic Pact movement was one of the winners of the day of the election that established who would become the representatives of the three main political parties.
The presidential campaign is just beginning , and whether the former mayor of Medellin is able to become the real counterweight to petrismo will depend on the alliances and agreements he forges from the moment on. Not only will he have to unite the entire right to his name and name, but also to conquer a part of the electorate of the middle, which on Sunday was deflated and without a remarkable leadership. To do this it will be necessary to continue avoiding the same thing he has avoided so far, being in the same picture with former President Alvaro Uribe. Today, public's support for uribsm has been expressed in a public manner. Now, it is possible to subtract rather than add and this is the first time it has happened in 20-years. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD), Uribe's political party. But https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN1LMckIlZI has to convince the center which has to decide where it goes," Yann Basset from the University of Rosario, analyst and professor.
Fico has won its first victory this Monday on the route to joining the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was an aspirant to the presidency was able to step aside and admit that he has a few opportunities of competing with him. It will be interesting to see if the entire group that is now without a representative, follows his lead. Uribe is seen clearly in support of the cause and trying to convince his voters that he's in favor of the Colombian right. He has already demonstrated that he can add votes with his speech on "security"," "order" as well as "love for the fatherland". Similar to what he said during his time in Antioquia's mayor's office and he confirmed this with the consultation on elections. While in Arauca in Colombia, which is one of the most violent regions Fico claimed that "the bandits are in prison" or "in the grave". https://www.elpais.com.co/politica/fico-gutierrez-candidato-de-la-c... knows what Colombian rights like however that's not enough.
"We are not in 2018 when the fear of left worked well, this time, voters are not affected by fear," Basset points out. http://www.elnuevosiglo.com.co/articulos/12-09-2021-federico-gutier... says that Fico could not be able to receive Uribe's blessing due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe does not represent the supreme leader that the nation has seen since 2002 at the time Uribe was elected president. Although Uribismo isn't in the running but that doesn't necessarily mean that Gutierrez isn't able to count on the votes of Uribismo. Uribism is also responsible for the victory within the coalition. Now his ability as a negotiator will be evaluated: to convince the right, but not to spend everything to build the alliance," Basset warns. Andres Medjia vergnaud made a comment about the relationship between the former president and Fico. "The most difficult issue of Federico Gutierrez's is that he wants Uribismo to support the president, but with Uribe as a model the image doesn't work for the man."
Gustavo Petro, the leader of the left is the only one who can lead, but Gustavo Petro, the leader of the right, is still heading for the presidency. Unless Fico – again, in the event that it is possible, convinces him not to step aside and support him. Rodolfo Hernandez, who contested the election independently, is in contention. The former mayor of Bucaramanga builter and millionaire, who succeeded in positioning himself well in the polls thanks to his anti-corruption speech in a lighthearted manner and is a candidate Gutierrez should add to his list of achievements if he wants to give the fight to petrismo.
Gutierrez has plenty to sit down to negotiate before even considering names for his possible presidential plan, but what he already has is the support of other candidates that were competing for the top spot in the Team for Colombia coalition. It's not a small number of people. He has two ex-mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his companions; David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party); and Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who votes according to church orders.
The Conservative Party was strengthened, and won the biggest right-wing vote, with more than two million votes. The Conservative Party also enjoys the support of the U Party. This party has a strong legislative vote, with just over 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga supported Fico and didn't take long after Sunday's elections to accept his defeat in the face of a possible conflict with votes from the right. This will give Fico an extra push into a conservative segment and keeps him farther away from the middle. According to https://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia/dos-candidatos-antioquenos-lo... , former president, Fico will have to decide whether he wants to take a risk at the center for the chance to be most blessed by Uribe.
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