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Ecuador’s presidential polls

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Which leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listeners' Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listeners' Club but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listeners' Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason to not join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

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Nota bene: The RFI Listeners' Club used to be called “Club 9516”. So if you are a member of Club 9516, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners' Club. Your Club 9516 membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

Look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook! It actually happened! I’m very happy about it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it – and trying out some recipes. Please feel free to send in any comments you have, and we would love it if you’d send in photos – of you, and your completed dish. Don’t hesitate to use the “zoom” tool on countries where there are a lot of forks; that will separate them so you can read the titles easier. Click on the title, and the recipe will appear. 

Today’s question was read on 23 February and was about Ecuador, whose citizens had just gone to the polls to vote for a president. I asked you to send me the name of the winner and the name of his party.

The answer is: Rafael Correa. Correa was reelected to the presidency of Ecuador for a third (and final) term. He won with 57 per cent of the vote – his closest rival was Guillermo Lasso, who garnered 22 per cent. Rafael Correa’s party is called Alianza Pais … the “Proud and Sovereign Fatherland” party.

The winners this week are: Jerónimo Zamora from San Juan del Rio, Querétaro, in México; Mr Lijun Zhu, Maanshan, Anhui Province, China; Mrs Santa Khanam from the Friends Radio Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh; Mr Hadi Ahmed Ali from Karachi, Pakistan, and Mustapha Sanyang from Ndemban, The Gambia, who sent his answer in via SMS from his mobile phone.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question is about Zimbabwe. It’s a hard one, although I wish it weren’t. There is a highly respected human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe, a woman, who has been arrested and imprisoned and was denied bail for seven days. What is her name? What has she been charged with? What is the name of the Zimbabwean human rights lawyer who was arrested on 17 March and denied bail until 25 March, along with three officials of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, and what was she charged with?

Send in your answer by 6 May and be sure and tune in on 11 May to see if you are one of the lucky winners! As always, 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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Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,


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