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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized after fainting

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Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to hospital on Monday evening to undergo a battery of tests due to recurring bowel problems that occurred after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a walkabout during his 2018 presidential campaign. The Brazilian President canceled his commitments.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted Monday evening to a military hospital in Brasilia for tests after feeling unwell, according to local press. Jair Bolsonaro, 67, was stabbed in the abdomen during a walkabout during his 2018 presidential campaign. He has since suffered from recurring intestinal problems.

He was absent Monday evening from a ceremony organized by the Republican Party, one of the parties that supports him, for which his presence had been announced. “I’m sure the president is fine, we’re just giving him some tests, that’s why he’s not here,” party chairman MP Marcos Pereira said.

According to the G1 news site, first lady Michelle Bolsonaro was present at the ceremony and said that her husband “is fine”, and the Minister of Communication Fabio Faria spoke of “malaise”.

He had been hospitalized twice in the past few months

According to G1, Jair Bolsonaro had to spend the night in the hospital. The presidency did not respond to requests from AFP. “We pray for Mr. President,” Culture Secretary Mario Frias tweeted.

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The far-right president had been hospitalized twice for a few days, in July and January, for intestinal obstructions from which he had recovered without surgery. He had undergone at least four surgeries after he was attacked in 2018 by a maniac, whose stab wounds had punctured his intestine, and was also operated on for a kidney stone.

Jair Bolsonaro had also contracted Covid-19 in July 2020, with mild symptoms.

In power since 2019, he intends to run for a second term in the presidential election next October. The latest polls give him a big loser against the left-wing ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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