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Brazil’s Bolsonaro released from hospital after surgery

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View of the main entrance of the Albert Einstein Hospital where Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro underwent an operation to remove a bladder stone, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 25, 2020. – Bolsonaro, 65, “underwent endoscopic cystolithotripsy surgery,” a minimally invasive procedure under general anesthesia that involves using a laser to break up and remove a bladder stone, the communications ministry said in a statement. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was released from the hospital Saturday, the government said, a day after he underwent surgery to remove a bladder stone.

“The president… was released from Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo this afternoon at 1:30 pm,” said a brief statement issued by the communications ministry and signed by Bolsonaro’s medical team.

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Bolsonaro, 65, underwent a procedure known as endoscopic cystolithotripsy, a minimally invasive surgery that involves using a laser to break up and remove a bladder stone.

His doctors said the surgery was successful, without complications.

It was the latest in a series of health issues for the far-right leader.

Bolsonaro has undergone various surgeries in recent years, including four stemming from an attack in which he was stabbed in the abdomen during his 2018 presidential campaign.

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The stabbing, carried out by an attacker who was ruled to be mentally ill, came just over a month before Bolsonaro was elected.

The president also had a case of Covid-19 in July, putting him in quarantine for nearly three weeks.

That episode did not deter him in his regular attacks on stay-at-home measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which he argues are causing economic damage that is worse than the virus itself.

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