Presidential aspirant stabbed during campaign

Posted by Grand News | 7 September 2018 | 1,310 times

Jair Bolsonaro holding on to his abdomen after the attack.

A presidential candidate who was said to be likened to president Trump of America was stabbed on Thursday while campaigning.

Brazil’s front-running far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen and is in serious condition and undergoing surgery, his son and a hospital spokeswoman said.

Reuters reported that Flavio Bolsonaro, the candidate’s son, wrote on his verified Twitter account that “sadly, it was more serious that we had hoped for.”

“The perforation reached part of his liver, lung and intestine,” Flavio Bolsonaro wrote. “He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital … almost dead. He appears to have stabilized now. Please pray!”

A hospital spokeswoman in the city of Juiz de Fora in Minas Gerais state, where the attack took place, confirmed to Reuters that Bolsonaro, likened to Donald Trump,  was undergoing surgery but provided no details on his state nor his wounds.

The attack on Bolsonaro is a dramatic twist in what is already Brazil’s most unpredictable election since the country’s return to democracy three decades ago. Corruption investigations have jailed scores of powerful businessmen and politicians, and alienated infuriated voters.

Brazilian Federal Police said in a statement that it had officers escorting Bolsonaro at the time of the knife attack and the “aggressor” was caught in the act. It said the circumstances were being investigated.

Source: Grand News

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