BRASILIA – Brazilian President Michel Temer was released from a capital hospital on Wednesday after being admitted earlier in the day for a “urological obstruction” and undergoing a series of “exams and the required treatment” to deal with the problem, the government announced.
The president walked out of the Military Hospital in Brasilia with his wife Marcela and, turning to reporters, gave them a thumbs-up and said “I’m all right.”
Officials said that the president returned to his residence, where he will “rest” for an unspecified period.
In a two-paragraph statement released earlier in the day by the Planalto presidential palace, authorities said that the president suffered “discomfort” on Wednesday morning and was initially attended by doctors attached to the President’s Office.
“A urological obstruction was diagnosed and it was recommended that he be examined at the Military Hospital, where he is to undergo exams and the required treatment,” the statement said.
Temer, 77, experienced the “discomfort” while the Chamber of Deputies was debating the corruption complaint against him prepared by the Attorney General’s Office, which may be analyzed by the Supreme Court only if a two-thirds majority in the legislative body agrees, a situation that will be decided upon on Wednesday.
Temer is the first Brazilian president to face criminal charges while in office. He is accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering but has denied any wrongdoing.
A two-thirds majority in the lower house would have to vote to remove Temer from office for 180 days and for the Supreme Court to open a trial. Otherwise, the case will be dropped as long as he remains in office.
Ten days ago, Temer admitted that a slight obstruction had been detected in one of his coronary arteries, but he denied that he would have to undergo catheterization to correct the problem, although the local press had reported otherwise.
The president said that “many people live with that,” an allusion to the fact that his doctors guaranteed that the obstruction could be dealt with by medications and diet rather than by heart surgery or some other kind of cardiac procedure.