Brazil presidential candidate Bolsonaro has emergency surgery

FILE PHOTO: Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro leaves an agribusiness fair in Esteio, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Diego Vara/File photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right and poll-leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro underwent emergency surgery late on Wednesday to repair adhesions in his intestinal walls, the Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said.

Bolsonaro was stabbed by an assailant last week at a campaign rally and has been in the hospital since.

Neither Bolsonaro’s campaign team nor his son, Eduardo, responded to requests for comment.

The stabbing of Bolsonaro has knocked him out of campaigning ahead of the Oct. 7 first-round vote in Latin America’s biggest country.

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