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A far right presidential candidate in Brazil was stabbed at a campaign rally Thursday. Doctors say Jair Bolsonaro was in serious but stable condition. He's the frontrunner in what's already been a chaotic campaign season. The stabbing threatens to throw it into further disarray. Bolsonaro may take two months to fully recover and doctors say a serious challenge now may be preventing infection in his intestines.
After the stabbing, people surrounded a suspected attacker. Police say that they've detained a suspect but have yet to identify him. Later outside the hospital where he was recovering, his son, Flavio, predicted that the attack could help propel his father to victory.>> He is stronger than ever. He is conscious, he is talking, ready as always.
To those who wanted to destroy a family man, Brazil, you've just elected your president, it will be in the first round.>> The assault is the latest tun in the most unpredictable election run up since Brazil returned to democracy 30 years ago. Bolsonaro himself faces trial before the Supreme Court for a speech that prosecutors said incited hate and rape.
He has called the charges politically motivated. He's running as a law and order candidate who routinely says he'd encourage police to kill suspected drug traffickers and other armed criminals at will. There were fears that violence could flare across Brazil on Friday as the nation celebrated its independence day, and political groups are expected to march in hundreds of cities.
However, after Bolsonaro was stabbed, his rivals called off their campaign activities for the day.