Interpol’s new chief
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Acting Head of Interpol. There’s listener news, music chosen by Jayanta Chakrabarty from New Delhi, India and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!
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This week’s quiz: On 24 November, I asked you a question about Interpol, the international organization that facilitates police cooperation. The current head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, disappeared in his native China in September. The Chinese government has since said that he is "under investigation by the National Supervision Commission for alleged violations of laws”. He was to serve through 2020.
On 21 November Interpol elected an Acting Head, to serve out the rest of Meng Hongwe’s term. There were two candidates, and I asked you to tell me the name of the man who was named Acting Head of the agency, and which country he is from. I also asked you to send in the name of the other candidate, as well as his home country – and why hisnomination was controversial.
The answer is:KimJong Yang of South Korea will serve out Meng's term until 2020. In 2015, Kim became Interpol's vice-president for Asia.
The other candidate was RussianAlexander Prokopchuk, a former major-general at Russia’s Interior Ministry, currently one of Interpol’s four vice-presidents and head of the agency’s bureau in Russia.
As RFI English reported on 21 November, there had been growing calls from some Western nations and Russian dissidents to reject Prokupchuk over concerns that Moscow had used the agency to target its political opponents.
The winners are: Two winners from Rajasthan, India: Mrs Sukhi Devi, and first-time quiz player, Savita Sharma – welcome Savita! I hope I’ll see your name every week now! There are three RFI Listeners Club members this week: from Eisleben, Germany, Mr Ralf Urbanczyk; Radhakrishna Pillai N from Kerala State and P Sivashanmugham from Tamil Nadu, both in India.
Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Frank Loesser: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” sung by Nancy Wilson; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, and “Que Vendra” written and sung by Isabelle Geffray, better known by her stage name “Zaz”.
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