CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Islamist president has underlined that he is the supreme commander of the armed forces and says the military should focus on the defense of the nation.
Mohammed Morsi spoke in a nationally televised address Wednesday, days ahead of planned protests calling for his removal by his opponents, many of whom help the army will side with them.
"There are some who don't want the armed forces and the presidency to have healthy relationships," Morsi said. He says "all agree" the president is the miltiary's supreme commander and "all state institutions work in harmony and with discipline under the leadership of the head of state."
He also said the judiciary, with which he has had constant friction, should not engage in politics.