The Sound Kitchen

Turkey’s legislative elections, Mandela Day, and more

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about Turkey’s June legislative elections. You’ll hear about Nelson Mandela and the “Peace Pilgrim”, there’s some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at our new times: 6:15, 6:45, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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This week’s quiz: On 13 June, I asked you a political question about Turkey. On 7 June, the country held its legislative elections – elections which were seen as a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s tenure. Voter turnout was 86 per cent. In those elections, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, lost its majority in Parliament. It still won the most seats by far, but it lost holding the majority of them – and that was my question to you. You were to send in the name of the party which won 13 per cent of the vote, thereby winning representation in the country’s Parliament, which means the AKP no longer holds the majority of seats.

The answer is:  The Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, or the HDP. The HDP – Turkey’s Kurdish minority party - aligned with liberals and secular Turks opposed to Mr Erdogan’s leadership. They won 80 seats.

Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party entered the election with 327 seats in the 550-seat parliament. It emerged with 258. This is the first time in 13 years that Erdogan’s party has not held the majority of seats in the parliament.

The winners this week are: Riaz Ahmad Khan, of the RFI Listeners Club in Sheikhupura, Pakistan; Ms Muni Akter, from Naogaon, and Shobuz Mahmud, the President of the Neer Unity DX Club, in Jamalpur, both in Bangladesh; RFI Listeners Club members Zenon Teles, of the Christian - Marxist – Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers, in Goa, India, and Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 7 September to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 12 September 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.

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Susan Owensby
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