Jimmy Carter, former US president, turns 98 this Saturday

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Jimmy Carter, the oldest living ex-president of the United States, turns 98 this Saturday (1st).

Carter will celebrate quietly at home with his family, according to a spokesperson for The Carter Center.

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The Carter Center will host a series of virtual events to celebrate the former president’s birthday and legacy, and the public is encouraged to send a virtual birthday message through his foundation.

Carter became the oldest US president in history following the death of George HW Bush, who died in late 2018 at the age of 94.

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In recent years, he has kept a low public profile due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has continued to speak out about the risks to democracy around the world, a longstanding cause of his.

He was a peanut farmer and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy before entering politics, eventually serving a term as Governor of Georgia and President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

The former Democratic president is widely revered for his defense of human rights. His brokering the Camp David Accords with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1978 remains central to his legacy.

After his presidency, Carter delved further into human rights and founded the Carter Center along with his wife, Rosalynn, in hopes of promoting world peace and health.

The Carter Center has worked to promote democracy by monitoring foreign elections and reducing disease in developing countries over the years. Carter himself has been a long-time Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to promote peace around the world.

Carter beat brain cancer in 2015 but faced a series of health scares in 2019 and consequently underwent surgery to remove pressure on his brain.

He has since recovered, but his health problems have forced him to give up his decades-old tradition of teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.

Rosalynn Carter celebrated her 95th birthday in August.

Source: CNN Brasil

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