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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the presidential polls in The Gambia. There’s an invitation to “pay it forward”, some great music, and of course … the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 10 December, I asked you a question about the presidential polls in The Gambia, where the country’s voters ousted their strongman president of 22 years - a man who took control of the country in a 1994 military coup. You were to send in the name of The Gambia’s president- elect, and the name of the outgoing president.

The answer is: A lot has changed since I asked you that question: initially, the incumbent president conceded defeat. A week later, he changed his mind, and decided to contest the election results; security forces took over the headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission shortly thereafter, and the head of the Electoral Commission fled the country. Three private radio stations have been taken off air, the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, has been in conference with the incumbent president urging him to step down …it’s a mess. No telling what will happen next.

But the correct answer to my question when I asked it is: the president – elect is Adama Barrow of the United Democratic Party (he won 43.29 percent of the vote) and the incumbent is Yahya Jammeh of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party – a party which was formed two years after Jammeh’s rise to power from the 1994 military coup d’état. Jammeh won 39.64 percent of the votes.

The winners are: Three from The Gambia: Fansu Bolong Janneh from Banjul, and Ramatouli Bah and William Joiner, both from Serrekunda. Also on the list of winners this week: Muhammad Shamim, the president of the RFI Golden Eagles Club in Keralam, India, and Zenon Teles, an RFI Listeners Club member, and the president of the Christian- Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 20 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 25 February 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 … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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