Former US President, Jimmy Carter & others depart Guyana

President Donald Ramotar, greeting former US President Jimmy Carter upon his arrival at the Office of the President. [Sandra Prince Photo]
Former United States President, Jimmy Carter arrives in Guyana
Former United States President, Jimmy Carter when he arrived in Guyana

[] – Former US President Jimmy Carter has departed Guyana ahead of the 2015 General and Regional elections scheduled for Monday, May 11.

Carter, who is the founder of the Carter Centre, was scheduled to observe the polls and then leave on Tuesday, May 12. He arrived in Guyana on Friday, May 08.

However, iNews was reliably informed that Carter departed Guyana at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport minutes before 12:00hrs on Sunday, May 10 and was accompanied by several other members of the Carter Centre team. It has been confirmed that he left because he was not feeling well.

iNews also understands that incumbent President, Donald Ramotar was not aware that the former US President left the country; the two met on Saturday at the Office of the President.

The Carter Centre subsequently issued a statement noting that the former US President  was not feeling well and has departed Guyana to return to Atlanta today.

It was noted that the Carter Center election observation mission in Guyana is continuing its work and will keep him informed of developments. 

“President Carter is hopeful about Guyana’s election and expressed his commitment and that of The Carter Center to supporting Guyana in the days ahead, stressing the need for a peaceful process before, during, and after the election,” the statement noted.





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