Fico Gutierrez has the potential of being acknowledged as "Uribe’s candidate"
Since Sunday night Federico Fico Gutierrez , the Colombian presidential candidate, has been the most powerful. Although it's not the first time his name is on election cards - he was a Medellin councilor and mayor - this was his first attempt to run for president in a national election. With more than two million votes cast in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance they believe he is an attractive candidate for conservative movements and those who are concerned about the leftist presidency. Fico (47-year-old Fico), as he's known as, is the primary rival of Gustavo Petro. He was as part of the Historic Pact, one of three winners in the election that determined who would represent the three largest forces in politics.
The presidential campaign is just beginning. The way the former mayor from Medellin is able to counter petrismo and forge alliances with other countries will determine the success of his campaign. He'll have to unite the right as well as conquer the center electorate, which was weak and lacking an effective leader on Sunday. To achieve this, he would need to avoid the same thing he has avoided so far, being in the same picture with former President Alvaro Uribe. Today, the support for uribism has been publicly expressed. It's now possible to subtract rather than add and this is the first time this has occurred in 20 years. "Federico Gutierrez faces a dilemma. He must join the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. However, he also must convince the center that it is going to decide where it wants to go," Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at University of Rosario) says.
https://www.eltiempo.com/elecciones-2022/presidencia/federico-gutierrez-hablo-de-sus-propuestas-en-el-debate-presidencial-658392 achieved its first conquest this Monday , on its way to an allegiance with the CD. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga the former president-elect, chose to step aside, recognize his few options of competing against him, and offer his support. The next step is to see whether the entire Uribismo, which was not able to form a single candidate and a single candidate, will support him. Uribe can be seen publicly advocating for the cause, and trying to convince his supporters that he's in favor of the Colombian right. His speech of "security", "order", "opportunities" and "love of the country" already showed him that he has the ability to increase votes. This was confirmed on Sunday at the electoral consulting, as he did previously in Antioquia's municipal offices, in which there was also a name for him: the sheriff of Medellin. He claimed, "The bandits were either in jail or in grave," while he was traveling to Arauca which is a region which is particularly susceptible to violence. Fico is well-versed in the Colombian legal system, but that is not enough.
https://zonacero.com/politica/fico-gutierrez-llama-la-union-fajardo-para-derrotar-petro-188733 , "We aren’t in 2018, where the fear of the left has was a success," Basset says that Fico may not be able to receive Uribe’s blessing because of the fact that Alvaro Uribe does not represent the supreme leader that the nation has had since 2002 when Uribe was elected president. But this doesn't mean the Uribismo votes are not enough to Gutierrez. This could be because they are less than the table. "This victory (winning in the coalition) is not only because of Uribism. Now his ability as a negotiator will be measured: to convince the right, but not to spend everything to build the alliance," Basset warns. Andres Mejia vergnaud, analyst, comments on the relationship between Fico and the former president. "The most difficult thing to Federico Gutierrez, however, is that he wants Uribismo's votes but not Uribe's image because it doesn’t suit him to be his presidential nominee."
Gustavo Petro (left) is the only leader. Gustavo Petro (right) is the only candidate who is preparing for the presidential election unless Fico (if negotiations are successful) is able to convince Fico to let him go and give the support he needs. Rodolfo Hernández, an independent, is still in contest. Gutierrez will have to include former Bucaramanga mayor, a millionaire and builder on his list of achievements if he wishes to end the petrismo.
Gutierrez has a lot more to discuss before even considering names for his potential presidential formula. But Gutierrez has the backing of other contenders for Team for Colombia leadership. It's not a small amount. He is surrounded by two former mayors, Enrique Penalosa (Bogota) and Alex Char (Barranquilla); the leader of the Conservative party, David Barguil, and one woman, Aydee Lizarazo, of an Christian party, who usually makes judicious decisions based on the instructions from the lectern of his church.
Alongside the strengthened Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing force in Congress with more than 2 million votes. The U Party also supported it with a stunning vote of just over one million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga didn't just wait for the results of Sunday to announce his defeat. According to Alvaro Uribe, former president, Fico will have to decide if he is willing to take a risk at the center in order to enjoy the privilege of being the blessed by Uribe.