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LATIN AMERICA | 24-12-2019 08:36

Brazilian President Bolsonaro taken to hospital after fall

Far-right leader was taken to the Armed Forces' hospital in the capital of Brasilia for examinations of his skull. Will be kept under observation for six to 12 hours.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalised Monday evening after a fall in the presidential residence in Brasilia, the latest health scare for the 64-year-old, his office said.

Bolsonaro was taken to the Armed Forces' hospital in the capital of Brasilia and underwent CT examinations of his skull that showed no problems, said a statement from the Presidency's Communications Office.

The president would remain under observation for six to 12 hours, it said.

Institutional Security Minister Augusto Heleno arrived at the hospital shortly after the presidential convoy and told Globo television that Bolsonaro is "fine."

The statement gave no other details on the incident, but Brazilian media reported that Bolsonaro slipped in the bathroom and banged his head at the Alvorada Palace..

Earlier this month, Bolsonaro reportedly told advisers that he felt extreme tiredness and asked for his agenda to be reduced through the end of the year.

 

Bolsonaro took office as Brazil's president on January 1. He was seriously injured in a knife attack while campaigning for election last year.

His health has been a subject of concern ever since, and he has undergone several surgeries to treat the wounds he suffered in the stabbing, most recently in September.

Earlier this month, Bolsonaro said he had been examined for skin cancer.

– TIMES/AP

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