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FILE PHOTO Czech President Milos Zeman speaks during an interview with Reuters at Prague Castle in Prague January 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman told supporters on Thursday he would seek a second term in 2018, ending speculation over whether he would run again.

Zeman, who has pushed for better ties with Russia and backed Donald Trump in the U.S. vote last year, announced his decision at an annual party at Prague Castle to celebrate the anniversary of his election in 2013, one participant who asked not to be named told Reuters. Other media outlets also reported Zeman's comments.

Zeman will hold a news conference on Friday to officially announce his decision to the public.

(Reporting by Robert Muller and Jason Hovet; editing by Andrew Roche)

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