CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian presidential spokesman on Monday dismissed an apparent threat by the military to both Egypt’s president and opposition that it would step in if political fighting descends into chaos.


The spokesman, Ihab Fahmy, told foreign reporters that the military’s mission is guarding the borders and securing vital institutions, and that it has no intention to play any other role.


“There is a president ruling the country in a democratic way, and (through) democratic elections. We can’t imagine that the army would come back,” Fahmy said. “The army has one role – protecting the borders and securing the strategic institutions. There is no political role for the army.”


Egypt’s presidency: military won’t step in