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Provinces of Indonesia

The number of provinces of Indonesia has tended to increase as new provinces have been split from existing territories. As of January 2003 there appear to be 28 provinces (propinsi-propinsi, singular - propinsi), 2 special regions* (daerah-daerah istimewa, singular - daerah istimewa), and 1 special capital city district** (daerah khusus ibukota)

  • New Guinea
    • Papua[?], renamed from Irian Jaya in December 2001. A proposal to split this into Papua Barat (West Papua), Papua Tengah (Central Papua) and Papua Timur (East Papua) appears to have not been implemented.

note: following the 30 August 1999 provincial referendum for independence which was overwhelmingly approved by the people of Timor Timur[?] and the October 1999 concurrence of Indonesia's national legislature, the name East Timor was adopted as a provisional name for the political entity formerly known as Propinsi Timor Timur until such time as the entity's independent status is formally established.

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