Brazil’s president made it a point to stop at a station to post a video on the fuel cost during his visit to the UK to attend the Queen’s funeral.
Jair Bolsonaro stood at a Shell forecourt in London’s Bayswater Road, and pointed out the price of unleaded indicated on the electronic sign.
He claimed that fuel in Brazil was among the most affordable in the world, at 161.9p per Liter.
The video was uploaded the night before Queen’s funeral. It was criticized by some social media users who claimed it was not a fair comparison because Brazil‘s minimal wage is many times higher than the UK’s.
In Britain, prices have fallen from their highs of almost PS2 per Liter in the last months.
Brazil’s controversial president trumpeted a drop in fuel prices to try and avoid being removed from office at the next month’s presidential elections.
According to an IPEC poll, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, former leader, is leading with 47% against his 31% according to Monday’s poll.
Bolsonaro was also accused in London of using his trip to be photographed among world leaders as a platform to promote his image and to help his lagging campaign.
Speaking to supporters on Sunday from the balcony at the Brazilian Embassy, he briefly spoke about the Queen’s legacy and then turned to the election.
He stated to the crowd, “We are a country that doesn’t want drug liberalisation. We don’t want to talk or legalize abortion. And we don’t accept gender ideology.”
This far-right leader is often described as Brazil’s answer to Donald Trump. He has been controversial for his handling of the pandemic and policies on the Amazon rainforest.