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v. when property is automatically transferred from one party to another by operation of law, without any act required of either past or present owner. The most common example is passing of title to the natural heir of a person upon his death. 2) passing of authority to a vice president on death of a president. 3) to give a territory sovereign rights to run itself.
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Lord Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister, has urged the Government to devolve
up to PS70bn a year to LEPs.
Asian Tribune asked 'Will Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa devolves
powers to the Tamils of Sri Lanka?'
He surely knows he cannot do it unless the Home Office devolves
responsibility for asylum seekers to Cardiff.