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Brazil election frontrunner leaves intensive care

Supporters of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gather on September 16, 2018 in front of the Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. — AFP pic
Supporters of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gather on September 16, 2018 in front of the Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. — AFP pic

The candidate, who had surgery to remove an intestinal blockage on Wednesday, has been moved to a “semi-intensive care unit,” doctors at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital said.

A leftwing assailant stabbed Bolsonaro, 63, on September 6 during a campaign walkabout in the town of Juiz de Flora in southeastern Minas Gerais state.

He suffered deep wounds to his intestines and lost around 40 per cent of his blood.

A video of the candidate walking the corridors of the hospital with the aid of a zimmer-frame (walker), joking with medical staff, was shared online by his son Carlos, a municipal councillor in Rio de Janeiro.

Outside the hospital, a group of about 200 supporters, many of them motorcyclists, rallied in a show of support, waving flags and erecting a giant balloon bearing Bolsonaro’s image.

With the October 7 presidential election just three weeks away, doctors have given no indication of when he might be able to leave hospital.

He was first moved from intensive care on Tuesday, but returned after Wednesday’s surgery to remove what doctors described as a “bowel obstruction”.

The former army captain — who has outraged many Brazilians with misogynist and homophobic remarks — is leading polling surveys with 26 per cent support, far ahead of his nearest challenger Ciro Gomes. — AFP

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