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Egypt’s leader warns public against unrest

Declares it does more damage to nation’s economy

CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist president warned against any unrest that could harm the drive to repair the country’s battered economy in his first address before the newly convened upper house of Parliament on Saturday, urging the opposition to work with his government.

In the nationally televised speech, Mohammed Morsi said the nation’s efforts should be focused on ‘‘production, work, seriousness, and effort,’’ now that a new constitution had come into effect this past week. He blamed protests and violence this past month for further damaging an economy already in crisis since the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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