Brazil’s presidential hopeful injured in knife attack

Sep 07, 2018, 6:41 AM EDT
Polls show Jair Bolsonaro to be the frontrunner for presidential office if Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva remains barred from contesting.
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Brazil’s presidential election took a bloody turn on Friday after far-right presidential hopeful, Jair Bolsonaro, sustained “grave” wounds in a knife attack during a campaign rally in the south-east state of Minas Gerais.

Bolsonaro, a highly divisive figure in the country’s politics, had surgery for injuries to his intestines and could take up to two months to recover completely, reports the BBC. The stabbing marks a “dramatic twist” in one of Brazil's most uncertain elections in decades.

Bolsonaro, the frontrunner for the presidential office, has built a strong supporter base by capitalizing on public anger and frustration over a string of corruption scandals and rising violent crimes in the country, notes The Guardian