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Egypt president admits mistakes before mass rally

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press

Egyptian protesters chant against the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during a protest in front of the Ministry of Defense, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In abstract terms, protests planned for Sunday, June 30, 2013 aiming to force out Egypt’s Islamist president violate a basic principle of democracy: If an election has been held, all must respect the results, otherwise it’s political chaos. Supporters of President Mohammed Morsi have been angrily making that argument for days. Those behind the protests insist he lost the legitimacy of that election victory by power grabs and missteps. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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.