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UPDATE 1-Eletrobras CEO says capital raise needed, format undetermined

Luciano Costa

Brazil's new government will support state-run utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA raising capital but whether that is through privatization or another format has not yet been determined, Chief Executive Wilson Ferreira said on Tuesday. Ferreira told Reuters he has begun to discuss how to capitalize Eletrobras, as the company is known, with Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque, but not yet with Economy Minister Paulo Guedes or President Jair Bolsonaro. The previous government tried that but was not able to get a bill authorizing the operation through Congress last year.