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Brazil’s Bolsonaro in Hospital With Intestinal Blockage

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been rushed to hospital with an intestinal blockage after feeling unwell while on vacation.

The president posted a photo from his hospital bed on Twitter, saying doctors had inserted a nasogastric tube and were evaluating potential surgery.

Doctors said his condition was stable.

Mr Bolsonaro, 66, has been admitted to hospital several times since being stabbed in the abdomen during his 2018 presidential campaign.

In his tweet, the president said he had started feeling unwell on Sunday afternoon after lunch. He was flown from the southern state of Santa Catarina, where he was vacationing, to the Vila Nova Star hospital in São Paulo.

Television images showed the president walking down the stairs of the presidential plane after landing in the early hours of Monday.

– Comecei a passar mal após o almoço de domingo.
– Cheguei ao hospital às 03h00 de hoje.
– Me colocaram sonda nasogástrica.
– Mais exames serão feitos para possível cirurgia de obstrução interna na região abdominal.

— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro)

January 3, 2022

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Mr Bolsonaro added that the symptoms where the same ones that had led to a four-day hospitalisation in July, saying the stabbing was the root cause of his health problems. Mr Bolsonaro was seriously wounded in the attack and has had at least four operations since.

The far-right president, who took office in 2019, plans to run for re-election in a vote scheduled to take place in October. His popularity has plummeted in recent months, amid his government’s widely criticised response to the pandemic and the country’s economic downturn.

Last month the president came under criticism for not interrupting his beach vacation while floods swept through the north-eastern state of Bahia, killing at least 25 people. He posted videos of himself jet-skiing through crowds of cheering supporters.

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