Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Hospitalized After Abdominal Pain, Supporters Storm Government Offices

Brazilian president jair bolsonaro has been taken to hospital with abdominal pain, prompting thousands of his supporters to storm government offices in the brazilian capital the day before. on monday, he was admitted to a hospital near orlando in the united states, where he has been since leaving brazil about 10 days ago. michelle bolsonaro confirmed her husband’s hospitalization on instagram, and a source close to the family said his condition was “not worrying”.

Incident happened last week when bolsonaro refused to take part in the handover of power to president luiz inácio lula da silva. this has caused pressure from members of the us democratic party to remove mr bolsonaro from the country, with representative joaquin castro and alexandria ocasio-cortez both calling on the us to cease granting refuge to bolsonaro in florida. us national security adviser jake sullivan has said the us has received no official request from the brazilian government relating to mr bolsonaro’s visa.

Incident is believed to be linked to the attack bolsonaro suffered during a campaign rally in the state of minas gerais in september 2018. bolsonaro went on to win the election later that year, but narrowly lost his bid for re-election to former president lula after a divisive campaign. the abdominal pain he is currently experiencing is thought to be a result of the 2018 attack.

By Evey Lovelace

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