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A resident carries goods and supplies along one of the dozens of irregular border crossings that connect Venezuela and Colombia.

A resident carries goods and supplies along one of the dozens of irregular border crossings that connect Venezuela and Colombia.

Photographer: Ferley Ospina/Bloomberg

Maduro Pumps Brakes on Colombia Border as Businesses Push Back

Petro’s election was expected to kick off a reboot of relations

Gustavo Petro’s inauguration as Colombia’s first leftist president was expected to quickly lead to the reopening of the border with Venezuela, marking a reboot of relations between the countries after years of acrimony.

Politicians prepared ceremonies at border towns and business owners stockpiled goods, anticipating trade would resume in the days after Petro took office. Yet, more than two weeks later, the reopening of the border has stalled.