Ailing Jimmy Carter cuts trip to Guyana short


U.S. former President Jimmy Carter and other members of the Elders group attend a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, 29 April 2015. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON – Amid health concerns, former President Jimmy Carter had to cut his trip to Guyana short.

A statement released by the Carter Center said the former president “was not feeling well,” but the organization did not provide more information about the 90-year-old’s health.

Carter is expected to return to Atlanta on Sunday. He was in the South American country to observe the upcoming election.

Although Carter won’t be in Guyana during Monday’s voting, the Carter Center, the nonprofit public policy foundation run by the former president, said he “is hopeful” about the election.

The group also called for the need for a “peaceful process before, during and after the election.”

Carter has traveled around the world as part of his post-presidency work, including helping to monitor elections. The voting in Guyana marks the 100th overseas election the Carter Center has observed.

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