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The Bolivian referendum

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Susan is on vacation, so there is no program as such – however, the weekend host will read out the question and the winners, as well as the new question, at the usual broadcast times. We’ve put the new question here on the web in case you were not able to tune in live.


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This week’s quiz: On 27 February, I asked you a question about a referendum in Bolivia that had been held that week. You were to write in with the following: what the citizens voted on, what the results were, and the name of the country’s president.

The answer is: The name of the president of Bolivia is Evo Morales. Bolivians went to the polls to vote on a change to the country’s constitution, which would have allowed President Morales to run for a fourth term. The change was rejected by about 51.5 per cent of the voters. Morales said he would respect the outcome of the referendum.

The winners this week are: Priya Iqbal from Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Sanusi Isah Dankaba from Keffi in Nasarawa state, Nigeria; Mahesh Jain from Delhi, India; Andrew Atabe from Quebec, Canada, and RFI Listeners Club member Temesgen Mulleta Insenae, from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... exceptionally, I am putting the question here for you, as I understand many of you listen to the program from the web - since the shows won’t be posted here until I get back from holiday, I don’t want to leave you out.

Here’s the question for 2 April: it’s for all you true radio lovers out there. There is a broadcast transmission tower in Moscow, which was built in the 1920’s. It’s a landmark of modernist structural engineering, but it is in sad need of repair, and was recently put on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch list of endangered global cultural heritage sites.

The question is: What is the name of this tower? What is the name of the 1922 broadcast transmission tower in Moscow that is in danger of collapse, and was recently put on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch list of endangered global cultural heritage sites?

You have until 23 May to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 28 May program. 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:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text …

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