Back in Brasilia, Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Resume Duties on Tuesday

Simone Iglesias

(Bloomberg) -- Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was released from hospital in Sao Paulo on Monday and will return to work on Tuesday, a day earlier than planned, according to a statement from the presidency.

A tweet by Government Secretary Luiz Ramos showed Bolsonaro landing in Brasilia on Monday afternoon.

Presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros had told reporters on Monday morning that Bolsonaro would rest for two days in Alvorada, the presidential palace, while Vice President Antonio Hamilton Mourao would remain in charge. But the office of the presidency issued a statement shortly after Bolsonaro’s arrival in Brasilia saying he would resume his duties on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro still intends to travel to New York to address the United Nations Assembly General, but he will go a day later than planned, on 23 Sept. A scheduled trip to Asia in October will go ahead as planned.

Last week the Brazilian president underwent the fourth operation on his abdomen since his stabbing on the campaign trail in September 2018. Originally due to be released on Friday, doctors recommended postponing the president’s return to work to allow him extra time to recover. The hospital confirmed that he would now be free to leave later on Monday, after his physiotherapy. A doctor will continue to supervise his diet and exercise at home.

(Updates with Bolsonaro’s plans to resume duties on Tuesday)

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