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Brazilian far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro has been hospitalised with abdominal pain, his wife said Monday, a day after his supporters invaded the seat of power in Brasilia.
Media reports said Bolsonaro had been admitted to AdventHealth Celebration acute care hospital outside Orlando, Florida, where the former president traveled two days before the end of his term on 31 December.
Bolsonaro “is under observation in the hospital, due to abdominal discomfort stemming from the stabbing attack he suffered in 2018” during his winning presidential campaign, Michelle Bolsonaro wrote on Instagram.
Earlier, it was reported that Bolsonaro was admitted to a hospital in Orlando, Florida, with “abdominal pain,” in the newspaper O Globo.
Also, a source had confirmed the same to Reuters, saying his condition was “not worrying”.
Bolsonaro has been hospitalised multiple times in recent years with gut blockages after being stabbed while campaigning for the presidency in 2018. He traveled to the United States two days before Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took the office of president.
The former leader snubbed the traditional handover of the presidential sash on 1 January.
He has been staying at the Orlando home of Brazilian former mixed martial arts champion Jose Aldo, a stone’s throw from Disney World.
Bolsonaro has had a series of health problems stemming from the knife attack that nearly claimed his life during the 2018 campaign that brought him to the presidency.
He has undergone six surgeries since the stabbing, perpetrated by an attacker who was found mentally unfit to stand trial.