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Ex-President Carter Congratulates Egyptians

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is congratulating the people of Egypt on taking the first steps toward a new era of democratic legitimacy.

The Georgia Democrat says in a statement that he wants Egyptians to know they have the international community's support as they work to build a truly democratic nation after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Atlanta-based Carter Center says it stands ready to assist Egyptians in the transition, but warned the president's resignation is only a step toward self-governance. It called for an inclusive transitional government that can lead Egypt through elections.

Mubarak was vice president when Carter brought Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin together for the peace accord signed in Washington, D.C.