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Beyond the Headlines podcast: A tale of two prime ministers in Sri Lanka

The National's Jack Moore travels to Colombo to investigate the South Asian island's constitutional crisis

Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jack Moore / The National
Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jack Moore / The National

There's been political trouble in Sri Lanka over the past two weeks after President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.

It is not clear that the president had the authority to make such a decision though, and Mr Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate the prime minister's residence.

This has left Sri Lanka in the unusual position of having two men claiming to be prime minister.

In this week's Beyond the Headlines, host Campbell MacDiarmid talks to Jack Moore, Assistant Foreign Editor, who has been reporting from Colombo on the ongoing political crisis. Listen here:

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Updated: November 7, 2018 08:20 AM