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Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized after 11 days of hiccups

Christian Fernsby |
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized Wednesday for medical tests, according to the president’s press advisor.

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The far-right South American leader has been suffering from a bout of hiccups for 11 days and his office said he was admitted to the Brasilia’s Armed Forces Hospital with abdominal pain.

“Following medical advice, the president will be under observation for 24 to 48 hours, not necessarily in the hospital,” said a statement released by the Presidency’s Special Secretariat for Social Communication. “He is cheerful and feeling well.”

It is unclear whether Bolsonaro will undergo postponed surgery to correct an abdominal hernia.

The president has to undergo what would be his seventh operation since he suffered a knife attack in 2018 during the election campaign.

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