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Former President Jimmy Carter cuts Guyana trip short due to illness

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – 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.” Staffers will remain in the South American country to observe the vote.

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.

It would have been Carter’s 39th trip to personally observe an international election.

Guyana’s national elections are being held Monday more than a year earlier than schedule because President Donald Ramotar had suspended Parliament to avoid a no-confidence vote. The vote pits his People’s Progressive Party against an opposition coalition.

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