His agreement to hand over the position to President Sirisena has been due to a deal that he has been trying to make in order to halt the inquiries into the corruptive and undemocratic acts committed by the Rajapaksas and members of his regime. He had also requested that he be given the chance to contest at the upcoming general elections.
It is not yet clear whether President Sirisena has agreed to these conditions. However, sources close to the JHU told Colombo Telegraph that the investigations into the Rajapaksas would continue as planned.
The Central Committee of the SLFP is scheduled to convene this evening to ratify the appointment of President Sirisena as the SLFP Chairman.
Meanwhile, it has been reported in local media that several pro-Rajapaksa politicians including provincial councillor Udaya Gammanpila and NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had requested MR to refrain from leaving the post.