Brazil’s president used his trip to the UK for the Queen’s funeral to stop at a petrol station and post a video about the cost of fuel.
Jair Bolsonaro was standing at a Shell site in Bayswater Road, London, displaying the price of unleaded gas on an electronic sign.
He said the price of 161.9 pence per liter was “almost double the average in many Brazilian states” and claimed his country’s fuel was among the cheapest in the world.
The video was published the previous evening the queen’s funeral and was criticized by some on social media who said it was an unfair comparison BrazilThe minimum wage in the US is many times lower than the British one.
Prices in Britain have fallen in recent months from highs of almost £2 a litre.
Brazil’s controversial president has trumpeted falling fuel prices as he tries to avoid being ousted from office during next month’s presidential election.
According to an IPEC poll on Monday, former leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is ahead with 47% to his 31%.
Mr Bolsonaro was also accused of using his trip to London to be among the world leaders in an attempt to boost his image and as a platform for his trailblazing campaign.
Addressing supporters from the balcony of the Brazilian embassy on Sunday, he focused on the Queen’s legacy before turning to a speech about the election.
At one point he told the crowd: “We are a country that does not want to liberalize drugs, that does not want to talk about legalizing abortion, and that does not accept ‘gender ideology.’
The far-right leader is often described as Brazil’s response to Donald Trump and he is no stranger to controversy, not least in his approach to the pandemic and his policies regarding the Amazon rainforest.