Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been hospitalized since Wednesday with intestinal obstruction.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, hospitalized since Wednesday with an intestinal obstruction, could be released in the coming days, said the Vila Nova Star hospital where he is being treated.
In a statement on Saturday, the hospital said Bolsonaro will be offered a diet of soups and mash and assuming he shows no negative reactions, he could be released in the next few days.
The 66-year-old was transferred to Sao Paulo hospital on Wednesday after suffering a constant 10-day hiccup.
Bolsonaro said the issue was linked to a stabbing during his 2018 presidential campaign.
Since then, the far-right leader has undergone six operations, including five on his digestive system.
During a live online event on Saturday to mark the opening of a Caixa Economica bank branch in the northern state of Ceara, Bolsonaro said he was feeling good and wanted to get back to work.
“I’m fine thank goodness. The problem I had earlier this week was still due to the stab I received in 2018 … every now and then it affects the gut,” Bolsonaro said during the live event, explaining that he will not have an operation.
“I can’t wait to get back to work, see friends and really rock Brazil,” he added.
Bolsonaro is currently facing mounting political pressure to explain his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 540,300 people in Brazil, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
He has been accused of failing to respond to alleged irregularities within the Ministry of Health regarding the purchase of a COVID-19 vaccine from India, and this month new allegations have surfaced according to which Bolsonaro was involved in a scheme to reduce the salaries of his assistants when he was a federal deputy.
The president, a coronavirus skeptic who has played down the threat of COVID-19 and pushed back efforts to impose strict lockdowns such as curfews, has denied all charges against him.
Although he remains provocative, recent polls show his popularity is moving ahead of next year’s presidential elections.
A recent Datafolha survey found that a majority of Brazilians – 54% – supported efforts by Brazil’s lower house to open impeachment proceedings against the president, compared to 42% who oppose it.
Bolsonaro could face a challenge from former left-wing Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who recent polls show could defeat the former army captain.