White House congratulates Egypt's president-elect

ROBERT BURNS
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Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, center, waves the Palestinian and Egyptian flags during celebrations of the victory of Mohammed Morsi in the Egyptian presidential elections, in Gaza City, Sunday, June 24, 2012. The Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egyptian presidential elections raises fears in Israel that the historic 1979 peace agreement with its southern neighbor is now in danger, a scenario that would have grave implications for regional security. But in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, ecstatic residents flock to the streets, fire guns into the air and distribute candies in celebration, hopeful that Mohammed Morsi's election will usher in a new era for the blockaded seaside territory. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is congratulating Egypt's president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, and urging him to advance national unity as he forms a new government.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says Morsi's victory is a milestone in Egypt's transition to democracy after decades of authoritarian rule under Hosni Mubarak.

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