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Death of Akef, man who transformed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO: Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who has died in hospital aged 89, helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major opposition force after spending much of his life behind bars. His last spell in jail began in July 2013, after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and jailed his supporters and fellow Brotherhood members. The Brotherhood's now dissolved Freedom and Justice Party once called Akef "one of the historical leaders of the Brotherhood", who served for more than 70…