Brazil Presidential Candidate Stabbed At Rally

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His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

National Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters as he gets a shoulder ride from a member of his security detail, in Brasilia's Ceilandia neighborhood, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Bolsonaro is expected to leave the hospital on Friday.

In this photo released by military police, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, suspected of stabbing Jair Bolsonaro, sits after being detained in Juiz de Fora.

The Brazilian presidential election already had its fair share of controversy.

A lawyer for Mr Bispo de Oliveira said his client acted "for religious reasons, for political reasons, and also because of the prejudice Bolsonaro has always shown when he talks about race, religion and even women".

The doctor said the two-hour procedure stopped serious internal bleeding and repaired most of the damage from the knifing. Analysts said Thursday's attack may potentially give his candidacy a fresh momentum. Other videos show supporters carrying him to a vehicle and hitting a man who was apparently the attacker.

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Earlier, one of the candidate's sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, had announced on Twitter that his father's wounds were "superficial", but he later wrote: "Unfortunately, it's more serious than we thought".

He is undergoing surgery, according to a statement from the local hospital where he was admitted.

A statement from federal police said the candidate had bodyguards.

Police say the suspect who has been arrested, claimed that he was acting on God's orders. "Their impression is that they were not dealing with a mentally stable person". But no true outside candidate has emerged.

Despite being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro has harnessed much of the anger and presented himself as a maverick who will clean up a corrupt system.

He also promises to confront a surge in crime, in part by giving police a freer hand to shoot to kill while on duty.

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We will remind, the former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was not allowed to participate in the elections. Brazilians go to the polls on October 7 to cast their vote for a new president.

Image copyright EPAImage caption Supporters of Mr Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo held a vigil for him Why is Mr Bolsonaro so polarising? "I think the left shot itself in the foot because with this attack they will end up electing Bolsonaro".

Brazil's stocks and currency extended gains after the stabbing as traders bet the incident could boost support for Bolsonaro, who has tapped a University of Chicago-trained banker as his main economic adviser.

Political violence is rampant in Brazil at the local level. No one was hurt.

In the months before the 2016 city council elections in Baixada Fluminense, a region the size of Denmark surrounding Rio de Janeiro, at least 13 politicians or candidates were murdered before ballots were cast.

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