Jimmy Carter Interview: Unprecedented Achievement in Nepal

The following interview with Jimmy Carter, former US President and founder of The Carter Center, was conducted today by Narayan Wagle, Prateek Pradhan, Damakanta Jayshi and Dinesh Wagle today in Soaltee Hotel. Photo by Chandra Shekhar Karki via Kantipur

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter: This is my third visit in the last nine months. I have begun to feel home here. And I came early on back in the 80s. Went up to Pokhara and Namche. So I love this country, beautiful terrain. I am praying for peaceful and successful elections.

What makes you so much excited about coming here time and again?

One of the major purposes of the Carter Center which has been operating for more than 25 years since I came out of White House is to promote peace and democracy and freedom and we have a policy of helping with elections that we felt were troubled and that we might be of assistance.

This is our 70th election, one of the most interesting and exciting. This is the first election that I come three times. I came here in June, I came here in November and this is the third time. But we are very excited about the prospect of this country finding peace and also finding democracy based on a republic.

I think that’s going to be a wonderful achievement. ……if it …reached. Continue reading Jimmy Carter Interview: Unprecedented Achievement in Nepal

For the Record, from the Campaign Trail

Conducts against the election code of conduct: This ‘Constituent Assembly Member Election 2008 Observation Bulletin’ was prepared by the National Election Monitoring Alliance (NEMA) on April 7, 2008.

1. An unidentified group detonated a bomb in Inaruwa Minicipality-2 on April 7, 2008. Two people got injured in the blast. According to NEMA representative, the blast was directed against motorcycle rally of Nepali Congress in Inaruwa, Sunsari district. Continue reading For the Record, from the Campaign Trail