File - Newly elected leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie stands in front of the group's logo during his first press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Mohammad Badie, supreme guide of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, who was sentenced to death Monday, once advocated a low profile for the group but eventually embraced its move to mainstream politics.A slight, gray-bearded and bespectacled veterinary professor born in 1943, Badie was for years responsible for ideological education within the Brotherhood.Along with Morsi, Badie faces several trials amid a brutal government crackdown on the Islamist organization and its supporters since the military overthrew Morsi in July.Badie had initially said the group would not field a candidate or support "any candidate who has an Islamic reference" in Egypt's first post-uprising presidential election.But he subsequently endorsed fielding a candidate from the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party – first Khairat al-Shater, and then Morsi, after Shater was disqualified.
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