Bolsonaro, 66, had been complaining publicly since last week of suffering from hiccups following surgery on a dental implant on July 3.
His office said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Bolsonaro, who has undergone several surgeries since being stabbed in the abdomen during a political rally in 2018, was suffering from an intestinal blockage.
Earlier today, the office said he was taken to a military hospital in the capital Brasilia “to undergo tests and investigate the cause of the hiccups.”
Speaking to a local radio station last week, Bolsonaro said: “It has happened to me before, maybe from the drugs I take, I have hiccups 24 hours a day.”
– We’ll be back soon, God willing. Brazil is ours! 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/3ohUwHBEHG
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) July 14, 2021
Translation: “We will be back soon, God willing.” Brazil is ours!
Bolsonaro’s health has been a problem during his presidency.
He almost died after being stabbed in the intestines during the election campaign in 2018, resulting in multiple follow-up operations. Pro-Bolsonaro federal lawmaker Bia Kicis wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Bolsonaro’s hospitalization was “a consequence of the stabbing of 2018”.
Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew, reporting from Rio de Janeiro, said Bolsonaro deduced her condition was also linked to the stabbing in 2018.
Yanakiew also said his hospitalization came at the “worst time of his two-and-a-half-year presidency.”
The president faces mass protests and a Senate committee inquiry into his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 535,800 people to date, according to data from Johns Hopkins University .
Bolsonaro has also been accused of failing to respond adequately to alleged irregularities in the purchase by the Brazilian Ministry of Health of a COVID-19 vaccine from India. After the irregularity reports were made public, the government suspended the contract.
Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the case, Reuters news agency reported on Monday that Brazilian federal police had formally opened an investigation into Bolsonaro into the allegations.
The far-right leader was also accused this month of participating in a scheme to cut the salaries of his aides when he was a federal deputy.
The president has denied all the allegations made against him.
But recent polls show its popularity is waning, which could be bad news ahead of elections scheduled for next year.
Over the weekend, a Datafolha survey showed that 54% of Brazilians support a proposal by the country’s lower house to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro, compared with 42% who oppose it.
It was the first time that a majority of Brazilians supported such a measure.