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Ciro Gomes leaves hospital following minor prostate surgery

Thursday, September 27th 2018 - 09:15 UTC
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Gomes had been campaigning in Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday morning before being admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo in the afternoon having felt pain. Gomes had been campaigning in Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday morning before being admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo in the afternoon having felt pain.

Brazil presidential election candidate Ciro Gomes left hospital in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, a day after undergoing surgery on his prostate. Currently running third in opinion polls ahead of the October 7 election first round, 60-year-old Gomes underwent a minimally invasive procedure that involved the “cauterization of blood vessels,” his center-left PDT party said in a statement.

He left the hospital in time to take part in Wednesday's televised presidential debate. He had been campaigning in Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday morning before being admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo in the afternoon having felt pain.

With 11% of voting intentions in the opinion poll released on Monday, Gomes trails right-wing frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, with 28%, and leftist Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad, at 22%.

If opinion polls are accurate, Gomes stands little chance of getting through to the head-to-head second round on October 28. However the latest Ibope poll released late Wednesday has him with 12% vote intention while the leading candidates are down one percentage point to 27% and 21%.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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