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Bolsonaro on Her Majesty’s service

With just over two weeks of campaigning left and lagging behind in the polls, Jair Bolsonaro has made the odd decision of flying to London for the Queen's funeral. Why?

bolsonaro united kingdom President Jair Bolsonaro and First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro sign the UK Embassy's book of condolences following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Clauber Cleber Caetano/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro and First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro sign the UK Embassy’s book of condolences following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Clauber Cleber Caetano/PR

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will travel to London this weekend to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, scheduled for Monday. He will then fly to New York for the United Nations General Assembly — at which Brazil traditionally gives the opening speech.

Far behind in the polls and at risk of losing to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a landslide, Mr. Bolsonaro was never one for protocol. So why would he waste precious days of potential campaigning for a trip abroad? 

The answer could lie in how, under the Bolsonaro administration, Brazil and the United Kingdom...

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