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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party head meets former U.S. president Carter

(Xinhua)

10:25, January 13, 2012

CAIRO, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party ( FJP) chairman Mohamed Morsi met here Thursday with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to discuss Egypt's transition process.

Carter congratulated Morsi on the parliamentary election results achieved by the party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), noting there was international consensus to respect the results which reflect the Egyptian people's choices, said a statement posted on the MB's website.

The former U.S. president called on the FJP to accommodate nascent and new parties of youth which have not achieved significant rates of victory in recent elections, it said.

Morsi said a mixed presidential-parliamentary model was optimal for Egypt in the current transitional period. This can be transformed into a full parliamentary system after the completion of democratic process, he added.

The FJP chief also said Egypt is a big country with vital institutions and respects the agreements signed in the past as long as all parties are committed to their terms within the framework of respect for sovereignty and independence.

Carter, who arrived in Egypt Monday, held talks with the chief of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Hussein Tantawi, and Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri.

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