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Egypt's Islamist president-elect seeks wide support

ByREUTERS
June 27, 2012 20:27

CAIRO - Islamist President-elect Mohamed Mursi began talks on Wednesday with groups nervous about where he will take Egypt after the generals who have ruled since Hosni Mubarak's fall make way for the republic's first civilian leader.

Among Mursi's first visitors as president may be US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Cairo airport officials said they had been told she would start a two-day trip to Egypt on Saturday. A US embassy official said he could not confirm it.



Clinton, who has already congratulated Mursi on his election win, sidestepped a question on plans to go to Cairo during a news conference in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

However, she encouraged Mursi to bring diverse groups into his government, mentioning Coptic Christians, secular-minded Egyptians and young people.

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