On the anniversary of the coup that brought it to power, Sudan's military government promised to convene a national conference in August to shape the country's political future. Military ruler Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, who overthrew democratically elected Prime Minister Sadek Mahdi last year, gave few details of the proposed conference, saying only that it would reject individual dictatorship, one-party or sectarian rule. Later, hundreds of thousands of people in Khartoum demonstrated in support of Bashir's rule, according to the official Sudan News Agency.
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