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18.01.2020 Europe

Bolivia’s power vacuum

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Bolivia’s power vacuum
LISTEN JAN 18, 2020

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about Bolivia's ex-president and vice-president. There's listener news, great music – and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Listen” arrow above and enjoy!

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club member: Muhammad Usama from District Muzaffargarh in Pakistan. 

So glad you have joined us!
You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at [email protected] and tell me you want to join, and I'll send you a membership number. It's that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

This week's quiz: On 16 November, I asked you a question about current events in Bolivia. On 10 November, after unrelenting protests which were eventually joined by the police and the military, the president and the vice-president of Bolivia resigned. I asked you to send me their names.

The answer is: Evo Morales, president, and Álvaro García Linera, vice-president. They both left Bolivia for Mexico, and are now in Argentina.

Bolivia's interim president is an opposition senator, Jeanine Áñez. Fresh presidential elections are currently scheduled for this coming May.

Last month, an arrest warrant was issued for Morales by Bolivian prosecutors, for alleged sedition and terrorism. The interim government alleged that Morales promoted violent clashes in the country before and after he left office.

The winners are: Rabeya Begum from the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh, and three RFI Listeners Club members:Deekay Dimple from Assam, India; Cornelius Dery from Kumasi, Ghana, and Arne Timm, from Harjumaa, Estonia. Rounding out the list of winners this week is Miss Arundhati Mukherjee from West Bengal, India, who included this note with her entry: “I am neither a member of the general RFI Listeners Club nor a member of an official independent RFI Listeners Club. I am a new online follower of RFI English Service. Please accept my answer.”

Of course, I'll accept your answer Arundhati! This kitchen is an inclusive kitchen: it takes everyone to make a good meal! So please don't hesitate to send in your quiz answers, no matter where you are or who you are … and welcome to the Sound Kitchen, Arundhati Mukherjee!

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “The Fuzz”, written by Duke Jordan and performed by the Chet Baker Quartet; Traditional Incan music from the Andes; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Cortège Burlesque” by Emmanuel Chabrier, performed by pianists Thomas Dupont and Alexandre Prévert, and “Nocturnal” by José Mojica and José Sabre Marroquín, sung by Pedro Infante.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected]

This week's question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 17 February to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 22 February 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.

Send your answers to:
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Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
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