The announcement of this Friday, November 11, in which the Green Alliance gave its militants free rein to support the alternative candidate of your choice in the 2022 presidential elections It has already caused the reaction of the aspirants to succeed Iván Duque and who, without thinking, summoned them to join their campaigns and movements.
For instance, the leader of the Historical Pact, Senator Gustavo Petro, He spoke early in the morning of this Saturday, November 13, on the event and invited the personalities of the Sunflower Party in the different regions of the country to support the progressive coalition with which he intends to reach the Casa de Nariño.
“The green party has decided the freedom of presidential vote. In the departments where Green decides to support presidential candidates of the Historical Pact, it is possible to make greater coalitions to House lists to change the Congress of the Republic. Welcome ”, he expressed.
Although he has not publicly campaigned for him, one of the most visible faces of the ‘greens’, the representative to the Inti Asprilla Chamber, He has been one of the main supporters of the head of Human Colombia, an affinity that comes from his father, Guillermo Asprilla, who was Secretary of Government in the Petro mayor’s office. For this reason, it is presumed that he would be one of the members of that party who would give their unrestricted support to the Historical Pact.
Inclusive, Asprilla has starred in multiple confrontations with his colleagues in the community because a sector wants support for the candidates of the Coalition of Hope like Sergio Fajardo; and others, that they go with the ‘green’ candidates like the former governor of Boyacá, Carlos Amaya or former governor of Nariño, Camilo Romero.
That same scenario would be repeated with the representative of that party, Katherine Miranda, who would face a setback between whether to support Gustavo Petro or, on the contrary, go with the former Minister of Health and current candidate for signatures, Alejandro Gaviria. At least, that’s how he made it known to Infobae Colombia a few weeks ago.
Although Alejandro Gaviria himself has already said that there is no way to join the Coalition of Hope because they do not want to accept it for being supported by the director of the Liberal Party, César Gaviria, the also former rector of the University of Los Andes spoke about the announcement of the Green party and invited its members to adhere to his presidential candidacy.
“To all the ‘greens’ who want a responsible change in Colombia (…) I formally invite you to join me in this purpose to all the grassroots, leaders, congressmen and green corporations to join me in the construction of that Colombia dignified, fair, decent, sustainable in peace. (….) I call on all Greens to take a step forward together for the responsible change that we need in Colombia. Let’s focus, “said Alejandro Gaviria in a video posted on his Twitter account.
It should be noted that Sergio Fajardo and other important members of the Coalition of Hope have referred to the union of Alejandro Gaviria with that political force and the ‘determining factor’ is that he moves away from the head of liberalism.
Along these lines, another of the sectors that would also welcome green militants, who already have permission to seek someone to campaign for the presidential elections, is the New Liberalism, the political party that recently received legal status and is led by the brothers Carlos Fernando and Juan Manuel Galán, sons of former presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán, assassinated in Soacha in 1989.
Although Juan Manuel, for example, is an active member of the Coalition of Hope, Pre-candidate of his party and has promoted the candidacy of Senator Rodrigo Lara, he has not ruled out forming coalitions that allow him to win more political capital. Or at least, this was reflected in the pronouncement he made after the decision of the Green Alliance.
“The union makes sense if the purpose is to build a political project that is committed to a new way of doing politics, without patronage, without buying votes, without populism, or messiahs. A mechanical union of personalities would only increase Colombia’s political frustration ”, he expressed on his Twitter profile.
It should be remembered that the senator and green pre-candidate Iván Marulanda, who started in politics with Luis Carlos Galán, announced in an interview with the Las2Orillas portal that he would arrive at New Liberalism as soon as the legal status was ratified.
However, although Green was emphatic in saying that the ‘permission’ they gave to their militants to choose a candidate must be someone “alternative”, there would be dissidents from that rubric. One such case is the councilor of that party in Bogotá, Lucía Bastidas Uribe, who has repeatedly promoted support for the former mayor of Bogotá and today a presidential candidate, also by signatures, Enrique Peñalosa Londoño.
The former president of the Colombian capital would get out of the alternative ideology, as he has thought about teaming up with right-wing and center-right leaders as well as candidates Federico Gutiérrez and Juan Carlos Echeverry.
These are some of the scenarios that will be repeated between now and May 2022, month in which Colombians will go to the polls to elect their new president, with almost definitive possibilities of going to a second round and defining, once and for all, the next government.