April 6, 2018 / 2:44 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-Brazil's deputy mines and energy secretary to resign - source

(Adds context on Pedrosa, no comment from ministry)

SAO PAULO, April 6 (Reuters) - Brazil's deputy mines and energy minister, Paulo Pedrosa, has decided to step down from his post, a source familiar with the decision told Reuters on Friday.

The move follows the resignation of his boss, Fernando Coelho Filho, one of a dozen cabinet ministers who is leaving the government to run in the October general election.

The mines and energy ministry did not have an immediate comment.

Pedrosa had been seen a likely candidate to replace Coelho Filho, according to analysts. He has been leading efforts to overhaul electricity sector rules and played a key role in government plans to privatize state-run electricity company Centrais Eletricas Brasileira SA. (Reporting by Rodrigo Viga and Luciano Costa; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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