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Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the strongest. This isn’t the first time his name is on the election ballot. In fact, he served as the city’s mayor and councilor in Medellin. It was his first election in the national arena. The Team for Colombia coalition won more than two million votes. They believe he could be a candidate for the conservative movement. Fico (47-year-old Fico), as he’s referred to, is the main rival to Gustavo Petro. He was, with the Historic Pact, one of three winners in the election which determined who would be the three major political parties.

The presidential campaign is only starting and whether or not the former mayor of Medellin succeeds in becoming the most effective counterweight to the petrismo will depend on the alliances and talks which he will be able to forge from this point on. He will not only be expected to bring the whole right under his control, but also must take on a portion of the electorate at the center that was sunk on Sunday with any leadership that was remarkable. In order to do that it is necessary to continue avoiding, as he has done until now by not appearing in the same photo with the former president Alvaro Uribe. For the first time in 20 years, the public support for uribism, instead of adding, can reduce. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He needs to make an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s party – but at the same time he must persuade the center, which will have to decide where it’s heading,” says Yann Basset, analyst and professor at the University of Rosario.

Fico achieved its first conquest this Monday on the way to an allegiance with the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stood aside and acknowledged the fact that he has no chance of competing with his. He provided his assistance. Now it will be fascinating to see if Uribismo’s entire group, which is without a representative, follows in his footsteps. Particularly in the event that Uribe gives his support openly and attempts to convince his voters with the classic concerns of the Colombian right, which will not be so difficult for him. Already, his address about “security” as well as “order” and “opportunities” of the fatherland showed that Uribe is gaining votes. He confirmed this on Sunday at the electoral consulting the same way he did in Antioquia’s mayor’s offices, where the mayor was also known as the sheriff from Medellin. He stated, “The bandits were either in jail or in grave,” while he was visiting Arauca an area that is particularly prone to violence. Fico is aware of what the Colombian right wing is a fan of however it won’t suffice for him.

Basset states that we are not in 2018 when the fear of a Left was effective. ” don’t feel scared.” Basset’s analyst suggests that Fico might not get Uribe’s approval due to the fact that Alvaro Uribe has been stripped of his leadership position since 2002 when he was elected president. However, this doesn’t mean that Uribismo’s votes Uribismo even if they are not in the top tier is not important to Gutierrez like what happened on Sunday or during his first effort to gain access to the mayor’s office of Medellin in the past, when Uribe did not hesitate to support him over the candidate of his party. Uribism is also responsible for this victory within the coalition. Basset warns that right now, his abilities as a negotiator are going to be constrained. “To convince the right, but to not spend everything on the alliance, will be his test.” In relation to this alliance between the former president and Fico, an analyst Andres Mejia Vergnaud says “the greatest challenge for Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo, but without the photo with Uribe because it does not make sense for him to be his candidate”.

Gustavo Petro (left) is the only leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is still the man who is preparing for the presidential election unless Fico (if negotiates) is able to convince Fico to let him go and offer the support he needs. Rodolfo who ran as an independent remains in the race. Gutierrez should include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga the billionaire construction company owner who managed to win in elections due to his message against corruption with a humorous voice.

Gutierrez has plenty to sit down to negotiate before even thinking about names for his possible presidential strategy However, what he has is the support of other candidates competing for leadership in the Team for Colombia coalition. It’s not just little. The two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa of Bogota and Alex Char of Barranquilla; the leader of the Conservative party David Barguil and Aydee Zarazo, a Christian party leader, who make their decisions judiciously, following the directions from the lectern of his church.

Along with the reformed Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing party in Congress with more than 2 million votes. The U Party also supported it with a stunning turnout of less than one million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga’s backing, who refused to let the election of Sunday be lost and thereby avert his loss before a possible confrontation for votes of the right, gives Fico the boost he needs in a section of conservatism but it also keeps him away from potential votes from the middle. Alvaro Uribe from the past, who called his party to a meeting Tuesday night, stated that Fico might risk the possibility of becoming a center-party leader in exchange for being openly blessed with Uribe.