Brazil's Bolsonaro to undergo surgery next week, his third after stabbing attack

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Rodrigo Viga Gaier
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a news conference with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (not pictured) at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Rodrigo Viga Gaier

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who was stabbed in the abdomen at a campaign rally a year ago, will undergo surgery next week, his third surgical procedure since the attack although doctors say this one carries only a minor risk.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, will spend about 10 days recuperating after the procedure, he said on Twitter. The surgery will treat a hernia that developed following his previous surgeries, said Leandro Echenique, one of the president's doctors.

"It is common for an hernia to develop where you have had abdominal surgery," Echenique said. "This is a surgical correction ... the president is doing very well health-wise."

Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, the man accused by prosecutors of stabbing Bolsonaro last September, was acquitted in June after a judge decided that he was mentally unfit.

(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasili and Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Daniel Wallis)