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19.09.2020 Sudan

Sudan’s ousted prime minister

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Sudan’s ousted prime minister
LISTEN SEP 19, 2020

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about Sudan's ousted prime minister. There's Ollia's Happy Moment, listener news, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You'll hear the winners' names announced and the week's quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you've grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members. DK Sarkar from Kolkata, India; Mervin Kensington from Windhoek, Namibia, and Ilyas Fachri from Sumatera, Indonesia.

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This week's quiz:  On 25 July I asked you a question about Sudan. We had just published an article on the RFI English website about Omar al-Bashir, the former Sudanese strongman who was deposed after a huge civilian protest movement last year. Bashir is on trial, along with 16 alleged co-plotters, for their roles in the 1989 coup d'état which brought Bashir to power. Bashir is currently in prison, serving time for corruption and money laundering.

In our article entitled “Sudan's Bashir goes on trial for the 1989 coup d'état”, you learned the name of the democratically elected prime minister who was deposed 31 years ago by that coup d'état, allegedly led by Omar al-Bashir.

.The answer is: Sadiq al-Mahdi. Sadiq al-Mahdi was the prime minister of Sudan on two occasions: first briefly in 1966-67, and then again from 1986 until his ousting on 30 June 1989. He's the leader of the Umma Party – obviously a Bashir opposition party – and has continued to lead the party since the 1989 coup d'état. Mahdi has been in and out of Sudan since the coup: he returned to Khartoum in 2017, and still lives there.  

The winners are: Mrs. Anjana Parvin, the Secretary of the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh, and Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president of the RFI Seven Stars Radio Listeners Club in District Chiniot, Pakistan.

There are two RFI Listeners Club members on the list of lucky winners this week: Mr Selvaraj, from Tamilnadu, India, and Karniz Fatema Sanu from Narayanganj, Bangladesh. Last but not least: Abu Bakarr Turay from Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Shalom Alechem”, performed by the Barcelona Gypsy Klezmer Orchestra; a traditional Sudanese piece for flute performed by Hafez Abdel Rahman; “Green Dolphin Street” by Bronislau Kaper and Ned Washington, performed by Miles Davis and his sextet; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “La Bicyclette” by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh, sung by Yves Montand.

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This week's question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 12 October to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 17 October podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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