Jacob Argintaru | Report
Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing frontrunner in Brazil’s presidential elections, survived a stabbing attack on Friday at a rally held in Juiz de Fora.
A surgeon said the presidential frontrunner suffered life-threatening injuries to his upper and lower intestines. However, Bolsonaro is currently in stable condition and will be in hospital for at least the next seven days.
Police charged Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, for the attack.
According to police, Oliveira claims he was on “a mission of God.” Police found that Oliveira is a radical socialist, whose Facebook page is filled with posts opposing Bolsonaro and his party.
The 63-year-old was a long-serving member of congress prior the running for president.
He is generally described as a “populist” by mainstream news media, and is even referred to as “Brazil’s Trump” for his similarities to the United State’s president.
Bolsonaro’s party is currently leading the polls with 22% of support, his closest competition only polling at 12%.
Brazil’s presidential elections will begin on October 7th, 2018.
More details to follow | Image of Jair Bolsonaro moments before being attacked, from SkyNews.