United News International (UNI) – The Brazilian presidential elections take another dramatic twist.
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach Thursday, Sept. 6 during a crowded campaign event.
The suspect, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, was arrested and reportedly said he was carrying out a mission from God.
Meanwhile, 63-year-old Bolsonaro posted updates from his hospital bed after surgery calling the pain he endured “unbearable.”
Doctors say he sustained grave wounds to his intestines and his son says it’s a miracle he’s alive.
Some are calling this campaign the most unpredictable election since the country’s return to democracy three decades ago.
Bolsonaro’s opponent, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has been in jail since April accused of money laundering and corruption.
He’s reportedly still campaigning.
Bolsonaro is known by some as the “Brazilian Trump,” and he uses what many consider to be racist and homophobic rhetoric.
However, he’s performed well in the polls and leads the polls for the first round of elections next month.
For United News International, I’m Juliette Vara.