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Brazil's Temer undergoes hospital exams for urinary problem

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Michel Temer was taken to the hospital after feeling pain in his urinary tract and is undergoing exams, presidential spokesman Marcio de Freitas said on Wednesday. The news broke as the lower house of Congress gathered to vote on whether Temer should stand trial before the Supreme Court on corruption charges, a vote he was expected to win. Temer, 77, has been diagnosed with a partial coronary artery blockage, officials said two weeks ago. Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa stock index touched session lows on the news that the president was in the hospital and the real currency briefly erased gains. Stocks later pared losses and the currency was flat after the comments from the presidential spokesman. Lawmakers in the governing coalition said they were informed by Temer aides that he was taken to the Army hospital in Brasilia. “I was told the president was undergoing a routine examination in the hospital. He will soon be back in the presidential palace,” Aguinaldo Ribeiro, the government’s chief whip in the lower house of Congress, told reporters.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu; Additional reporting by Ricardo Brito; Editing by Brad Haynes and Daniel Flynn)
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