Egypt's presidency dismisses apparent threat by military to intervene to prevent chaos

An Egyptian presidential spokesman has dismissed an apparent threat by the military to both Egypt's president and opposition that it would step in case of political fighting to prevent chaos.

Ihab Fahmy told foreign reporters Monday that the military's sole mission is to protect borders and secure vital institutions and that it has no intention to play any other role.

A day earlier, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi warned that if protesters are attacked during their mass demonstration planned for June 30, the military might step in to keep Egypt from progressing down a "dark tunnel."

June 30 marks one year since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi took office. Opponents charge he has failed to solve any problems and is monopolizing power. They demand that he step down.