• Lang Ratliff posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Since the night of Sunday, Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid candidate for the presidency of Colombia. Even though his name appears in the electoral register for the first time – he was Medellin’s mayor and councilor – this is his first attempt in national elections. He won more than 2 million votes in the Team for Colombia alliance. The voters have positioned him as the most popular candidate of conservative groups. Fico (47 years old) is currently the primary opponent to Gustavo Petro. His victory through the Historic Pact movement made him one of the most prominent political figures in Colombia.

    The presidential campaign is just beginning and the future of the former mayor in Medellin is contingent on the alliances he builds and the negotiations he enters into. He will not only be required to unite the entire right under his control and also to be able to win over a segment of the electorate at the center that was deflated on Sunday without any extraordinary leadership. To do this, he’ll need to continue to avoid appearing in the same photograph as Alvaro Umribe, as he did so far. Today, for the first time in 20 years, there is an open support for uribism is now possible rather than subtract. “Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must form an alliance with the Democratic Center (CD) – Uribe’s party . But at the same time he must persuade the center, which has to decide on where it is heading,” says Yann Basset who is an expert and professor at the University of Rosario.

    Fico is on its path to forming an alliance with the CD, the heart of uribism as of Monday, Fico already has its first conquest. The party’s candidate up until Monday, the former presidential aspirant Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, took his leave, acknowledged the few opportunities to compete with him, and offered his support. It will be interesting to examine if the entire Uribismo group that was without a spokesperson until Monday, is willing to offer its support. Uribe will be able to openly support his candidate and convince his voters by presenting the classic issues of the Colombian left. This should not be an issue for Uribe. Already, his speech on “security” as well as “order”, opportunities and love of our country has shown that he is adding votes. This past Sunday, he confirmed it at the electoral consultation. This was done before while in Antioquia as the city’s mayor. While on a recent trip to Arauca which has been hard hit by violence He said that the bandits are either in prison or in graves. Fico Gutierrez Fico understands well the Colombian legal system, but it will not suffice.

    Basset pointed out that “We’re not in the year 2018 when the fear generated by the left worked well,” and that the electorate has not been moved by fear this time around. According to the analyst, the fact that the image of Alvaro Uribe is no longer one of the leaders which the country has seen since 2002, when Uribe was elected president for the first time, and that his political party that is the CD, is going through a rough patch and could see Fico be unable to receive or even openly Uribe’s blessing. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Uribismo votes are insufficient to Gutierrez. This could be due to the fact that they’re lower than table. Uribism was a factor in the success in the coalition. The ability of his negotiator will be evaluated: to convince the right, but not to spend everything to build the alliance,” Basset warns. On this relationship between the former president and Fico an expert Andres Mejia Vergnaud remarks “the biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez is that he is seeking the votes of Uribismo, but without the picture with Uribe since it doesn’t fit him as a candidate”. Gustavo Petro (left) is the sole candidate. Gustavo Petro (right) is still the man who is preparing for the presidential election unless Fico (if negotiates) convinces Fico to let him go and offer the support he needs. Rodolfo Hernández, an uninvolved, is still running. Gutierrez will need to include former Bucaramanga mayor, millionaire and builder in his list of accomplishments if he wishes to end the petrismo.

    Gutierrez is likely to have lots to negotiate before he thinks about possible formulas for the presidency. But what Gutierrez does have is the support and cooperation of the other candidates for the Team for Colombia presidency. Fico Gutierrez It’s not just little. Fico Gutierrez 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 named Aydee Lizarazo. They are members of an Christian party, who normally makes judicious decisions based on the instructions at the lectern of his church.

    Alongside the strengthened Conservative Party – it achieved the most votes of the right-wing forces for Congress with over two million votes -, it is also backed by the U Party, which also enjoyed a strong election in the legislature, winning just over a million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga was there to stand with Fico. He didn’t leave Sunday’s elections without taking the opportunity to deny his defeat in order to stay clear of a fight for votes of those on the left. This gives Fico an edge in a particular area of conservatism. But this also shields him from possible votes from the centre. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party for a meeting on Monday, to see whether Fico might risk his chances of gaining a seat in the center in return for being openly blessed by Uribe.