Fico Gutierrez and the danger of being recognized as "Uribe's candidate"

Fico Gutierrez and the danger of being recognized as "Uribe's candidate"

Federico Fico Gutierrez has been the most stable presidential candidate of the Colombian right since Sunday night. Although this isn't the first time his name is on election card - he was previously an elected Medellin councilor and mayor - this was his first attempt at a national election. With more than two millions votes in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance they believe he is an ideal candidate for conservative groups and those who are concerned about a leftist presidency. Fico (47-year old Fico) is the primary opponent of Gustavo Petro. The Historic Pact movement, as well as Gustavo Petro, was one the winners of the election last night, which established who will be the main political parties.

The presidential campaign just began and the future of former Medellin mayor in Medellin is contingent on the alliances he builds and the agreements he enters into. It is not enough to bring all right-wingers under his banner, but he will also need to win over an element of the electorate in the center that appeared to be broken and lacking in leadership. To accomplish this, he'll need to keep from appearing in the same picture as Alvaro Umribe, which he did so far. Today, for the first time in 20 years, the public support of uribism, instead of adding, could subtract. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must make an alliance, on Uribe's side, with the Democratic Center. However, the challenge is convincing Uribe and the center, which is the one to determine its course," Yann basset, analyst at the University of Rosario.

Fico has won its first victory this Monday , on its path to a pledge of allegiance to the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga the former presidential candidate, decided to step down, recognized his few options of competing against him, and offered his support. It will be interesting to examine if the entire Uribismo group that was without a representative until Monday, will offer support. Uribe is likely to publicly support his candidate and persuade his voters by presenting the classic issues of the Colombian left. This should not be an issue for him. His remarks of "security", "order", "opportunities" and "love of our country" has already shown him that he has the ability to increase votes. This was confirmed by the election consult, the same way he did in the past in the Antioquia mayor's office. On a recent visit to Arauca which has been particularly violently impacted He said that the bandits are locked up or dead. Fico is aware of what Colombian law prefers. But it won't suffice for Fico.

Basset states that we are not in 2018 when the fear of a left-wing government worked well. "This time the people don't have the fear."érrez argues that Fico could be denied Uribe's support because Alvaro Uribe no longer holds the title of leader absolute since 2002, the year that the country has elected him president. It doesn't mean Uribismo's opinions, even if they are not in the top tier don't matter to Gutierrez. In the case this Sunday, or in his attempt to get into Medellin's Mayor's Office, Uribe supported Gutierrez even while he was a candidate for the party. Uribism also contributed to the victory. Basset warns that Basset's capability in negotiations will be evaluated. Andres Mesjia Vergnaud analyst comments on Fico's relationship with the former president: "The great difficulty of Federico Gutierrez's wish to get the support of Uribismo without the image of Uribe, because it doesn't fit him to be his candidate."

Gustavo Petro is the only leader from the left But Gustavo Petro is the only one from the right. Fico, if he can reach a consensus, will convince him to provide his backing and then take a step back. Rodolfo Hernandez is still running despite having run independently. Gutierrez should include in his list the former mayor Bucaramanga, a billionaire construction company owner who managed to score well in polls because of his speech against corruption using a light-hearted voice.

Gutierrez has a lot to talk about before thinking about possible presidential formula names. However, what has is the cooperation and support of other candidates on the Team for Colombia presidency. This isn't a small sum. Two former 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 is a member of the church).

The Conservative Party was strengthened, and it won the largest right-wing vote with over two million votes. It also has the backing of the U Party. This party had an outstanding legislative vote with more than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. did not wait for Sunday's results to announce his defeat. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party to a gathering on Monday, to see if Fico would risk his chances of getting into the center as a result of being publicly felicitated by Uribe.

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