Cairo - Egypt's embattled president is dismissing opposition
calls for early presidential elections in a show of confidence ahead of his
first anniversary in office.
On June 30, Mohammed Morsi will mark one year in power as
Egypt's first freely elected president following the 2011 uprising that toppled
autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
In remarks to the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper on Friday,
Morsi said the calls for an early vote are both "absurd and illegal".
He warned against violence during upcoming demonstrations
that the opposition is planning for the anniversary to demand his ouster.
During Morsi's year in power, Egypt has witnessed deadly
bouts of violence and mass street protests.
Opponents claim the president has caused deep polarization
in Egypt. Morsi accuses the opposition of instigating violence.