There is little doubt that the framers of the Constitution had in view the example of the Fifth French Republic when they planned on the powers and position of the elected Executive President. The Chairman of the Select Committee on the Revision of the Constitution at the time, J. R. Jayewardene, made allusions to the French example when the S.L.F.P. presented evidence;1 and two other possible U.N.P. aspirants to the presidency, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake, also made references to the experiences of the workings of the Fifth Republic;2 and so did the spokesmen for the S.L.F.P.3
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