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Health issues could become Bolsonaro’s excuse to pull out of election

Sources from major conservative parties say that if Jair Bolsonaro doesn't get a popularity boost during his latest stint in the hospital, he could withdraw his candidacy from the 2022 election

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President Bolsonaro posted on social media a picture of himself at the hospital. Photo: Twitter/@jairbolsonaro

President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to a high-profile private hospital in São Paulo on Monday morning to treat an intestinal obstruction after feeling unwell on Sunday and cutting his end-of-year vacations short. Doctors have installed a nasogastric tube in an attempt to remove the blockage, but are also evaluating the potential need for surgery. 

If he were to go under the knife, it would be the fifth time Mr. Bolsonaro has undergone surgery on his intestines since September 2018, when he was stabbed in the abdomen while on the campaign trail. In each of these instances, the president and his...

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