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Jair Bolsonaro decrees three days of mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II

The President of Brazil made the announcement "as a sign of sorrow for the passing of Her Majesty."

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After a decision by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to enact three days of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, the flag of Brazil will remain at half-mast in all public buildings, educational institutions and trade unions in the country as a sign of respect.

"With great sorrow and shock, Brazil receives the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, an extraordinary and singular woman, whose example of leadership, humility and love of country will continue to inspire us and the whole world until the end of time," Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

He also added that the monarch "was not just a queen for the British, but for everyone."

In reaction, Mauricio Santorio, political scientist and professor of International Relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro told AFP that "Bolsonaro's gesture is more linked to a global wave of sympathy for the Queen and the preference of his electorate for conservative themes, tradition, monarchy."

The Brazilian president declared another period of mourning in July, also for three days, for the assassination of the former prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

The ultra right-winger is seeking reelection in the upcoming elections on Oct. 2.

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