Putin to Seek Another Term as Russian President

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a re-election bid in a choreographed appearance on national television Wednesday, ending speculation about when he would formally announce his candidacy in the country’s 2018 presidential election.

Mr. Putin, 65 years old, has been in power since 2000 as president or prime minister. His current term has been marked by sharply deteriorating ties with the West, but the Kremlin leader enjoys broad popular support at home. He announced his decision to run during a televised meeting…

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