Brazilian president has surgery to remove colostomy bag

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro came out of an eight-hour-long surgery Monday during which doctors removed the colostomy bag put into place after he was stabbed in a campaign rally in September.

The office of presidential spokesman Gen. Otavio Santana do Rego Barros said the operation was a success.

Bolsonaro checked in to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo on Sunday evening.

Vice President Hamilton Mourao took the reins on Monday morning as interim president for a period of 48 hours. Bolsonaro is then expected to resume work from his hospital room, where he will stay for several days.

Bolsonaro, 63, nearly died on Sept. 6 after he was stabbed during a campaign rally in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora. The far-right president suffered serious internal bleeding and intestinal damage

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