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US hopes Morsi win will not undercut Egyptian-Israeli ties
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:26PM
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The United States congratulated Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi on Sunday for his "milestone" victory and urged the Muslim Brotherhood leader to form his government carefully and respect the right of all Egyptians as he takes power.

 

"We congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement, calling on the new leader to ensure Egypt remains "a pillar of regional peace, security and stability".

 

"We believe that it is important for President-elect Morsi to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government," Carney said.

 

Sunday's statement by the White House alluded to the Obama administration's hope that the rise of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party will not undercut Egyptian-Israeli relations.

 

Mubarak was credited in Washington with resisting three decades of pressure within Egypt to break the Camp David accords with Israel or loosen its alliance with the United States. Chicago Tribune

 

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The Obama administration had expressed no public preference in advance of Sunday's announcement that the presidential candidate had defeated Ahmed Shafiq, who was the last prime minister under Mubarak. AFP

 

Mohamed Morsi is Egypt’s first freely elected president since the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak last year. Boston.com

 

Tens of thousands of Egyptians have gathered in Cairo and across the country to celebrate the victory of Morsi, chanting slogans such as “God is greatest” and “Down with the military rule.” The Republic

 

However, under a constitutional declaration issued last week, the country’s junta has taken control of the state budget and given itself veto power on a new constitution, making the new president almost powerless. It has also dissolved the parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Naharnet

 

 

AHT/KK

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