Brazil candidate Bolsonaro's surgery was successful: running mate

Jair Bolsonaro

Officials and Bolsonaro's son have said his injuries are not life-threatening, according to the Associated Press. Currently, 80 federal police protect five presidential candidates who requested security, and 21 were assigned to Bolsonaro, according to Jungmann.

Surviving the attack may bolster the tough-guy image Bolsonaro has cultivated, he added.

"(The pain) was intolerable and it seemed like maybe something worse was happening", he said in a video from his hospital bed early Friday.

"I was preparing for this sort of thing".

Dr Luiz Henrique Borsato, who performed emergency surgery on the candidate, said Mr Bolsonaro's recovery is "satisfactory" so far. He was being to another hospital in Sao Paulo. It said the circumstances were being investigated.

Santiago said the attacker was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, and he was beaten up badly by Bolsonaro supporters after the attack.

However, militiamen do not exclude more "earthy" version of events: 63-year-old right-wing politician angered many in Brazil homofobii and racist statements, and the alleged attacker might be linked to the left "Party of socialism and freedom". Corruption investigations have jailed scores of powerful businessmen and politicians in recent years, and alienated infuriated voters.

Soldiers, cadets, military police and firemen milled around, awaiting the start of a military parade outside the hospital where Bolsonaro was being treated.

This photo released by Brazil's Military Police, shows the knife allegedly used for the stabbing of Jair Bolsonaro, a leading Brazilian presidential candidate, in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2018.

After the attack, Brazilians surged on to social media to argue over whether the incident supports Mr Bolsonaro's assertions that the country is off the rails, or whether his heated rhetoric contributed to inciting the attack. If Bolsonaro is not able to go out in the streets, it could jeopardize his campaign.

"He lost a lot of blood and arrived in hospital with 100/30 pressure, he was nearly dead", Flavio Bolsonaro said in a tweet.

In a sign of how polarized Brazilian politics has become, people took to Twitter Thursday night to either to decry the stabbing and ask for prayers for Bolsonaro or to say that the candidate had brought it upon himself and even may have staged it. "He will win in the first round", said Flavio Bolsonaro. However, despite his seemingly high popularity, Bolsonaro have so far failed to form any alliance with any major political forces in Brazil so far.

Bolsonaro, who has spent almost three decades in Congress, is a law-and-order candidate who routinely says that Brazilian police should kill suspected drug traffickers and other criminals at will.

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