Jul 14, 2021 - World

Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized for abdominal pains

Picture of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to a hospital in Brasilia after experiencing abdominal pain earlier in the day, local media reported, citing the presidential palace.

State of play: Bolsonaro had been complaining about persistent hiccups and was taken to the hospital to investigate the cause. He will be under medical observation for 24 to 48 hours, but is not required to stay in the hospital, Brazilian newspaper Globo reports.

The big picture: Bolsonaro's health has been an issue ever since he was stabbed in the abdomen in 2018 during the presidential campaign. He suffered severe intestinal wounds and lost about 40% of his blood.

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