BRASILIA – Brazilian President Michel Temer returned on Wednesday to Planalto Palace in Brasilia where he resumed a light schedule after recovering from prostate surgery last Friday in Sao Paulo.
The head of state arrived in the capital on Wednesday morning and, after taking care of a few things at his official residence, went to the government headquarters about 11:30 am, the President’s Office said.
Temer is scheduled to attend only to “internal matters” on his official agenda for Wednesday, but he must meet with his key ministers, who have offices at Planalto Palace, and with certain allied lawmakers.
At his private home in Sao Paulo, where he has been recovering from his surgery over the past two days, the president also met with a few key members of his government, including Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, and with several legislators.
Temer, 77, was hospitalized for several hours last Wednesday in Brasilia for a “urinary obstruction,” after which he entered the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo for an evaluation of the already detected, but benign, prostate swelling that had given him problems urinating.
The president underwent an operation on Friday evening and on Sunday doctors removed the catheter they had installed. He was released from the hospital on Monday.
The operation forced the Brazilian and Bolivian governments to postpone the official visit to Brasilia of Bolivian President Evo Morales, originally scheduled for Monday, on which he was supposed to meet with Temer.
The president suffered his “discomfort” just as the Chamber of Deputies was debating the charges against him for obstruction of justice and illicit association, which had been filed on the basis of testimony by the owners of the giant JBS meat processing firm.
Temer had denied the accusations, and they were rejected last Wednesday in a 251-233 lower house vote, thus postponing the pursuit of any such charges until after he leaves office.
During his recent medical exams, doctors also detected a “slight” coronary artery blockage, but Temer himself denied that he would have to have a stint installed – or any other medical procedure – to correct the problem.