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FILE PHOTO -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter attends a Habitat for Humanity home building site in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo


(Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was discharged on Friday from a hospital in Canada where he received treatment after becoming dehydrated while working at a charity house-building project, the Carter Center said.

Carter, 92, became unsteady while attending an event on Thursday morning at the site of a building project for Habitat for Humanity, a charitable organisation that promotes affordable home ownership, eyewitnesses said.

He had experienced dehydration and was taken to St. Boniface General Hospital for treatment as a precaution, according to a statement from the Carter Center, which is based in Atlanta.

The former president returned to the Habitat for Humanity building site in Winnipeg on Friday morning to attend an event to kick off the last day of the project, the Carter Center said.

A Democrat who served in the White House from January 1977 to January 1981, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Bernadette Baum)