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Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil Says “Ready To Fight” After Staying In Hospital

Bolsonaro of Brazil was admitted to a military hospital on Monday night for testing. (File)

Brasilia:

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he was “ready for battle” after being released from hospital, where he spent the night after being ill.

The former army captain, 67, maintained his previously scheduled agenda, traveling from Brasilia to the mid-west state of Mato Grosso do Sul for official ceremonies.

“I just had a bad night,” said the right -wing president, who appeared for re -election in October.

“I am ready to fight,” he said in a video posted on Twitter by his communications minister, who had earlier announced Bolsonaro’s release from the hospital, saying the president was “doing well.”

The president’s office did not respond to a request from AFP for details on the incident.

The Globo newspaper reported it was caused by “problems sending food from the stomach to the intestines.”

Bolsonaro has suffered recurring health problems since being stabbed in the stomach during his 2018 presidential campaign.

He was admitted to a military hospital on Monday night for testing, missing a planned attendance at an event hosted by the Brazilian Republican Party, which is allied with him.

It was the latest health fear for the president since September 2018, when an assailant stabbed the then -Bolsonaro candidate in the stomach during a campaign rally in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

Bolsonaro lost about 40 percent of his blood and underwent emergency surgery after the near-fatal attack, performed by a man who was later declared mentally unfit for trial.

“The consequences of the assassination attempt … continue to cause my father’s health problems,” Bolsonaro’s son Senator Flavio Bolsonaro tweeted late Monday.

“But evil never and will never win against good,” he added, asking supporters to pray for the president.

Health problem

Bolsonaro has undergone at least four surgeries since he was stabbed, including placement and removal of the colostomy bag, which left him vulnerable to intestinal disorders.

He also underwent other unrelated procedures during his presidency, including surgery to remove bladder stones.

In January, Bolsonaro was hospitalized for two days in Sao Paulo with a partially blocked bowel. His doctor said the problem was the shrimp that the president swallowed without being chewed – a diagnosis that pleases political cartoonists.

Bolsonaro, who took office in 2019, was also hospitalized for four days in mid -July with the same condition, after suffering a severe case of hiccups that lasted for several days.

Bolsonaro, a Covid-19 skeptic, was also infected with the virus in July 2020, with mild symptoms.

The president, who often clashes with expert advice about curbing the outbreak, was not vaccinated against Covid-19, and joked that the shot could “turn you into a crocodile.”

Bolsonaro is currently lagging behind in the run -up to the October election behind his rival, former left -wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – although his incumbent has closed the gap slightly in recent weeks.

Its popularity has waned as his government has struggled to stem the epidemic and revive a stagnant economy plagued by high inflation.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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