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Former Brazilian President Bolsonaro hospitalised in Florida

Bolsonaro complained intestinal pains related to a stabbing he suffered in 2018

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Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalised in a Florida hospital following intestinal complaints.

The far-right former president was admitted to a hospital in Florida with stomach pains as his supporters were arrested in Brasilia after storming key buildings in the capital over the weekend.

Bolsonaro flew to the United States days before his official term ended. He went to a hospital in Orlando on Monday complaining of intestinal pains related to a stabbing he suffered during the 2018 election campaign, Reuters reported. According to his doctors, Bolsonaro suffers from an intestinal blockage that was not serious and would likely not need surgery.

In an interview with CNN Brazil, Bolsonaro said he had planned to stay in the United States until the end of January, but now plans to go back to Brazil sooner to see his doctors, the publication reported."I intend to bring forward my return because in Brazil the doctors already know about my problem of intestinal obstruction due to the stab wound," Bolsonaro was quoted saying by the publication.

Bolsonaro faces several investigations in Brazil and his future in the United States, where he travelled with a visa issued to heads of state, diplomats and other government officials, is in question.

The US government declined to comment on Bolsonaro's visa. According to a US State Department spokesperson, a person who entered the US on a visa for foreign officials must depart the country within 30 days or apply for a change of immigration status if they are no longer engaged in official business.

Meanwhile, Italy has clarified that Bolsonaro has not applied for Italian citizenship and he may not get it even if he applied.

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