Sri Lankans stunned the world–and probably themselves–when they voted to oust a long time quasi-autocrat from power. In January, a politician named Maithripali Sirisena engineered a surprise electoral upset again Mahinda Rajapaksa, an authoritarian and probable war criminal whose family held a tight grip on power. In this episode,  human rights lawyer and political scientist Kate Cronin-Furman explains how this upset occurred, what it might mean for other quasi-dictators around the world, and how this move might affect ethnic Tamils’ long quest for justice and accountability for crimes against humanity.

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